The Philippines is famous for its rice farms, but the country has an even bigger problem: it has no rice farmers.
In fact, the Philippines is home to just one rice farmer, who is struggling to keep his family’s business afloat after losing more than 50% of his flock due to a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
But how do you get more bang for a buck in a country where only a small percentage of the country’s population actually farms rice?
Read moreHere are 10 things you need to know about the Philippines rice industry.1.
Who is Maggie’s Farm?
Maggie, a 32-year-old farmer, started her family’s farm in the village of Caluco on the outskirts of the capital Manila.
After several years of collecting water from a nearby river, Maggie’s husband noticed the water in the nearby stream was running low.
He took her into his backyard to refill the tank.
The next day, the tank was full again.
As Maggie’s family started to prepare the rice, Maggie asked her husband if he had a tank that would run for a month.
The husband replied yes, but not until next week.
Maggies husband has been the sole rice farmer on the island of Mindanao for the past two decades, and her husband is one of only two rice farmers in Mindanaocan.
Why does the Philippines have a small rice farmer population?
In Mindanaor, just 1% of the population has rice farming experience, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
This means that the country lacks a lot of knowledge about the basics of rice farming and its various challenges.
And it’s only when the country is faced with a pandemic that it will get the proper information and guidance, said Patricia Cacace, the director of the Philippine Department of Agricultural Research.
The country has a number of rice farmers who have been displaced by the outbreak and have yet to return to their villages, she added.
“If we don’t get the right information, we are missing out on the best opportunity to develop the rice industry in the country,” said Cacacace.
Who are the rice farmers that have been impacted by the pandemic?
The Philippines rice farmers have been affected by the Pandemic in several ways.
First, most of the rice farms that were affected by illness have already been affected with the virus.
And this means that it’s unlikely that more than half of the affected rice farmers will be able to get back to their farms and continue to farm rice.
“The pandemic is still happening, and we are seeing a lot more people leaving their homes to take up jobs as rice farmers,” said Celeste Estrada, the rice farmer in Mindaytambo province.
“We are not able to keep up with the demand for rice.”4.
Who should be considered a rice farmer?
Rice farmers have to be certified by the government, but they also need to be able make enough money to make ends meet.
A rice farmer can make around $10 per day, which is about $200.
But because they have to rely on their family to pay for their rice, it’s easy for some farmers to earn only a little more than that.
What is the average income for rice farmers?
According to the Philippine government, rice farming in the Philippine island of Nueva Ecija costs between $3 and $6 per day per farm worker.
That translates to around $1,200 to $2,400 per year for a farmer.
That is lower than the average annual income of a Filipino farmer, according the Philippine Statistical Authority.
And, the median income for the country of Mindanoa, which covers Mindanaog province, is $7,000 to $8,000 per year.6.
What should I do if I have questions about the rice farming industry in Mindaya?
If you have questions or would like more information about the Philippine rice industry, you can contact the Philippine Agricultural Research and Development Office, or the Philippine Agriculture Research and Marketing Office.