Iloilo seeks comeback as PH top producer

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Rice is one of the most important staple crops, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said while expressing concern for the province’s food security.

The provincial government will work to make Iloilo as a leading rice producer
over the following three years, said Defensor.

“We want to be more competitive in rice production. We used to be No. 1. We are now No. 5 in the whole country,” the governor also said. (

He counts on the support of the national government through the Department of Agriculture Region 6.

“Let’s us maximize our irrigation potential. Our concrete target is to increase rice production to better manage the price,” said Defensor.

Once completed, the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) Stage II will help the provincial government meet its rice production goal, he said.

The National Irrigation Administration in Region 6 hopes to complete the P11.2-billion JRMP II in Calinog, Iloilo, by December 2023.

JRMP II is expected to increase Iloilo’s annual production of rice to 300,000 metric tons from 140,000 metric tons, thereby contributing to the country’s rice production target of 7.6 percent.