Rice production in the Philippines is not expected to be reduced by this week’s typhoon, despite the storm being the most powerful to hit the Philippines this year.
Just as the U.S. continues to have its weather catastrophes, other nations of the world are not immune. If anything, it appears that the U.S. is catching up with some areas of the world that have had yearly major weather events. The Philippines is an example of one of those nations, which has more than one typhoon in a typical year hitting this relatively small country.
Typhoon Bopha struck the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, with high winds and mudslides causing widespread devastation and the lives of hundreds. The path of the storm avoided the primary rice growing region of Luzon in the northern Philippines and is not expected to reduce production of the second crop. In the smaller-producing regions, planting is in its early stages and any damaged rice can be replanted quickly, according to livericeindex.com.
Reports are that the government of the Philippines is seeking to achieve rice self-sufficiency by 2013 and has reduced imports from an average of 2.2 million metric tonnes between 2008 and 2010 to a total of 1.2 million metric tonnes in 2011.