Rice inventory grows to 2.22 million MT in March

Anna Gabriela A. Mogato
Rice inventory grows to 2.22 million MT in March
Rice stocks are still increasing from a year ago despite the weak El Niño causing damage to crops early this year

MANILA, Philippines – Rice stocks grew by 30.87% year-on-year to 2.22 million metric tons (MMT) as of March 1, despite the ongoing weak El Niño, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The PSA, in its latest Rice and Corn Stocks Inventory report, said this is also 3.75% higher than the stocks recorded in February. (READ: Rice inventory up in February 2019 from a year ago)

The latest stocks would be sufficient for around 69 days.

Despite having the largest share of the total inventory, household stocks posted a year-on-year decline by 6.08% to 1.03 MMT. This is, however, slightly higher on a month-on-month basis by 0.12%. 

Inventories for commercial warehouses and National Food Authority (NFA) depositories grew year-on-year by 25.75% to 695,840 metric tons (MT) and 1,030.17% to 491,940 MT, respectively. (READ: NFA buys more palay in Q1 2019)

Compared to February, stocks from commercial warehouses dropped by 14.22% while NFA stocks were still higher by 65.29%.

Corn stocks also grew by 42.68% year-on-year to 397,120 MT. From a monthly comparison, this is 49.19% lower than the February round. – Rappler.com

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