Panama Still Not Decided On Rice Imports

It will not be until February next year that there will be a discussion on import quotas, when a new inventory will be compiled.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Prices, climate issues and lack of funding will results in failure to achieve the goal of planting 67,000 hectares of rice in the current crop.

However, the chief of the Rice Growers Association of Chiriqui (Apache), Carlos Santanach, said that the local market will have not have shortage of rice and that this years new crop is currently growing.

"... In the last inventory, conducted in the first week of August, it was recorded that in the mills and supermarkets there were 1.4 million quintals, which ensures local consumption for about three months, more than what the current crop will produce " reported

However, Santanach explained that there is a possibility that the sector will not reach its goal of planting 67,000 hectares because of issues prices, climate and financing."We have our doubts and all indications are that it will be difficult to reach the planned amount of hectarage, although we can not ignore that the rice growing season ends in April 2014," he added.

Meanwhile, Abdiel Aizprúa, technical secretary of Agri-Food and Rice Production, said no one can speak of any possible rice imports until next February which is when a new inventory will be made."There is enough rice stored and in the field right now," he added.

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