The National Rice Council (NRC) approved for this year the goal of reaching 530,000 hectares of rice planted, representing an increase of 11.17% by 2019, when a goal of 478,000 hectares an additional 53,413 hectares was established.
The Minister of Agriculture, Andres Valencia, explained that this increase corresponds to a need for registered inventories, “in order to maintain national consumption, as well as market prices and benefit producers.”
He also explained that the figure is the product of a detailed economic study that analyzed different variables such as consumption, initial inventory, imports, yield of tons per hectare, the need for production, among others.
Valencia stressed that in order to seek that the goal of areas is met, it will lead socialization sessions in the region starting with the Eastern Plains, specifically in Meta and Casanare and later in Bajo Cauca.
This year also, as of February 20, rice farmers will be able to register the intention of planting in a web-based form on the website of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA). The entity assured that the information is collected for statistical purposes, as it will serve as a basis for the Ministry of Agriculture to plan the Production Management programs for the rice subsector.
The goal is framed in the Rice Production Management Plan in 2038. It should be noted that last year the results were successful and an 18% increase in the price received by the rice farmers was achieved, which encouraged the establishment of a top goal for this 2020.
In the 2020 Production Management Plan, a campaign was also established to use certified seed and fight against piracy of this type of products. In addition, the bet is to promote awareness to private and public entities that offer credit.
For its part, the National Federation of Rice Growers (Fedearroz) supported the minister’s management and made a positive assessment of various programs advanced from the ministry to the rice sector.
The union highlighted the improvement of credit conditions and crop insurance, arguing that “they have reverted to better production conditions and therefore, in the recovery of the income level of farmers.” The Production Management Plan 2020 also established a campaign to use certified seed and fight against piracy.