EDITORIAL:Will rice smuggling stop when jueteng stops?

January 24, 2013 at 8:17 am Leave a comment


Customs are not protecting Filipino farmers.

The call of farmers, rice millers, and Abono Party-list on government to permanently stop rice smuggling was again in the news.

The Aquino government has drastically reduced rice importation since the exit of the previous administration.

The top 2 producers of rice are India and Vietnam…and they are the top 2 exporters of rice.

Smuggled rice entering ports in Visayas and Mindanao come from India and Vietnam and are repacked then brought to Luzon…re-milled and mixed with local production then distributed to grains retailers and ends up on your plates.

Smuggled rice means lost revenues for the government. Smuggled rice plus local rice production results to a glut in the market.

A glut in the rice market means rice millers have rice stocks bought from the previous cropping season that are not moving.

When their rice stocks do not move, they will not buy palay in the next cropping season.

If rice millers will not buy palay this coming harvest…the price of palay will be manipulated to very low levels by exploitative traders.

Palay farmers will be forced to sell low rather than hoard their harvest because they have to feed their families daily…Should farmers now blame Customs for hunger in the farms?

Palay farmers will be forced to sell low rather than hoard their harvest because they have children who need to enrol…Should farmers now blame Customs for uneducated youth?

Palay farmers will be forced to sell low rather than hoard their harvest because they have maturing loans to pay…Should farmers now blame Customs for loan defaults?

Because of the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of Customs, palay farmers are the ultimate losers. Should farmers now go to Customs and hold protest actions there?

Many have tried to stop rice smuggling and failed. Many have tried to stop jueteng and failed.

Can rice smuggling be stopped? Can jueteng be stopped?

Entry filed under: News.

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