January 3, 2022. The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (DA-BAFS) issued the Illustrative Guide (IG) for the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Paddy and Milled rice classification to guide farmers and buyers on trade of paddy and milled rice. The IG will become a supplementary learning material containing photographs pertaining to specific provisions of the end-product quality standard for paddy and milled rice.
This initiative is timely with the influx of imported rice coming into the country.
“We need to adapt to the changes brought about by the Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law, one of which is consumers’ preference for quality rice. This is now an integral part of the overall transformation of the country’s rice industry,” Secretary William D. Dar emphasized during a consultation with farmers, millers, and traders.
The DA, through its Plant Plant Plant Program, primarily aims to further improve the country’s rice productivity and adequacy levels. In 2020, the volume and value of production of palay amounted to 19.2 million metric tons and PhP319 million, respectively.
To download the IG and other knowledge products, visit our website at http://bafs.da.gov.ph. ###