Issue of September 2, 2018
     
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On rice and fish importation
PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

The importation early this month of more than 100,000 sacks of rice from Thailand was infested with weevil (bukbok), and officials blame the bad weather for the attack of the pest which prevented the offloading of the rice. It is stored in warehouses at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

They say the infested rice is to be fumigated to eradicate the pest, but it seems fumigants like methyl bromide which are poisonous gaseous components are not quite effective against feeding insects.

In the past, hundreds of tons of imported rice worth millions were spoiled due to weevil infestation – a waste of public funds and poor Filipinos go hungry. To prevent this scenario, imported rice upon arrival at the point of entry must be examined for the presence of weevil including diseases, and if pests are detected, the cargo should be rejected and returned immediately to the country of origin to avoid spread of pests in our country.

Another important consideration is to take the moisture content of imported rice. It should be well fried at 14 percent moisture content. Rice having moisture content higher than said limit has softer tissues thereby prone to weevil and disease damages.

In the case of fish importation of the round scad or galunggong allegedly tainted with formalin to prolong shelf-life of the fish but hazardous to health, the presence should also be ascertained upon delivery before these are sold. In the first place, it is unconscionable to import fish since our country is an archipelago surrounded by oceans, including the West Philippine Sea, and there are plenty of fish to catch.

Rice and fish are the typical meal of Filipinos such that we must prioritize government resources and efforts in the production of these food items in substantial quality. What is sustainable is not to rely on importation but to produce ourselves our food.

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