Promotion and Exportation of Aromatic and Fancy Rice

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An Act to promote the production of aromatic rice and fancy rice varieties and to authorize the exportation thereof.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

Despite the need to provide for increasing local demand for rice, local rice

farmers and producers are also able to tap a huge export market for certain varieties

of rice, particularly that of the aromatic and fancy kind, which are highly favored

internationally in making specialty rice cuisine.

Whereas, in the past exportation of rice has been severely regulated, there

have arisen opportunities to earn and establish ourselves in the international market

for specialty rice that warrant a change of policy. The growing popularity of aromatic

rice dishes, not only in Asia and the Middle East but also in the United States,

Canada and Europe, has sparked demand for the Jasmine rice of Thailand, the

Basmati varieties of India and Pakistan, and other varieties and grades which

provide a natural aroma when cooked, such as those already locally developed.

By supporting local production of such aromatic and fancy rice varieties and

authorizing their exportation, the National Government can help set the Philippines

again as a major player in the international rice market.

Considering the merits of this bill, its early approval is earnestly requested.

LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.