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As I have already spread out in the first part of this post, there are many factors why the rice prices are going up, way up high. Personally, I believe that there is a rice shortage, unlike the statements of our government officials disputing the rice shortage as a myth.

The Philippines has been scrambling to boost stocks and supply cheap rice to the poor as rice prices soared to near-record levels in recent months amid increased demand, crop failures, a shift to biofuels production or other land uses, and poor investment in the farm sector. The Philippines imports about 10 percent of its domestic rice requirement. The problem with our culture system is that we always believe that we can buy rice in any country, at any price. But with the factors coming in, especially the population increase and effects of climate change, there are rice shortage looming.

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Rice is the most staple food in this country, where in every corner of this archipelago, people are looking for rice. We never thought that there would be a rice crisis – or shortage of rice production, – but here we are now, at the center of the rice crisis. The government spends about $0.46 in every $100 of agriculture output, a level much lower than those of developing countries, which spends $0.53 in every $100, and much much lower in highly industrialized countries at $2.00 in every $100.

Now, where is the Philippines in this picture? Let’s not pin-point the Philippines as the main culprit. But yes! We do have contributed in this crisis – and we are in the forefront of the crisis. But there are many other reasons why we do have this crisis.

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