The Philippines is shipping 45 metric tons (MT) of premium and aromatic white to Singapore, the second export commitment this year.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the long-grain white rice, which will be shipped on July 22 to Singapore, was source from farmers of the Fitmus Cooperative in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, and Magtutumana ng Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Nueva Ecija.
The packaging and processing of the rice, on the other hand, was done by Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association Philippines Inc. (Vieva) and labeled as “Golden Vieva.” Alcala said that they are particularly targeting Filipino workers in Singapore, which has reached more than 146,600, for the rice shipment.
Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima, who is also the National Rice Program coordinator, said that another 20 MT of heirloom rice from the Cordillera region will be exported to the United States in succeeding months.
For the rest of the year, Delima said that the country targets to export at least 100 MT of premium and organic colored rice varieties.
“We want to show the world that we are capable of producing quality, world-class premium and organic rice,” he added.
In May, the Philippines started exporting rice again after 40 years, initially to Dubai. The shipment, totaling 35 MT, was composed of 15 MT of black rice produced by farmer-members of Don Bosco Farmers’ Cooperative in M’lang, North Cotabato, and 20 MT of SL Agritech Jasponica aromatic rice produced by farmers from Talavera, Nueva Ecija.
Leah Cruz of Vieva, which also consolidated the Dubai rice export shipment, said that the firm processes and packs all rice products hygienically to preserve their rich aroma and eating quality.