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CamSur Gov Villafuerte eyes Libmanan, etc. as answer to rice shortage

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Camarines Sur Governor Migz Villafuerte is looking to strengthen so-called local rice granaries such as the town of Libmanan as a way to counter a possible rice supply shortage.

This was bared by a Brigada News FM Naga report Tuesday (May 16), after National Food Authority (NFA) Provincial Manager Yolanda Navarro relayed the potential problem to the governor’s office.

Villafuerte said he has already held a meeting with Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol regarding the matter.

Libmanan is a first class municipality in Camarines Sur known for its fertile soil. It has long held the tag of “rice basket.”

The young politiko reckoned that it’s normal for the Philippines to encounter rice supply shortages due to the fact that it’s a rice-eating country.

Also on Tuesday, the NFA bared that it’s buffer stock for rice will only last for eight more days, seven less than the required 15-day minimum stock.

Villafuerte stressed that his office will do everything it can to protect his constituents from such shortage.