Still, price of rice is wildly increasing in different markets in the country. Others are already buying corn which is an alternative to rice. However, cost for corn raised as well. That is why we decided to removed it in our list of foods that are perfect as rice substitute.
List of Possible Rice Substitute
- Kamote (Sweet Potato)
- Sago Palm Tree
- Banana (Saba)
Corn- an expensive source of bio-energy.
Philippines is Suffering from Rice Shortage
NFA rice is on good demand in other parts of the country. Because, it is cheaper compared to commercial rice that clouted up to five pesos extra price. But only limited NFA rice can be marketable. Ordered by the National Food Authority (NFA) that only five kilos of NFA rice is allowed to sell on each consumer. This is to prevent the immediate depletion on the supply of NFA rice.
On the side of Mindanao, amount also increased by almost two to three pesos per kilo of commercial rice. Caused by the delayed harvest of grains caused by recent storms. That also damaged the dam and lining of paddies.
People goes thrifty in Luzon, as not only rice prices rose but also the corn itself. The former 20 pesos per kilograms of maize (mais), becomes 22 pesos today. According to the retailers, supply of corn grains is unadequate. Affected by consecutive price hike in rice. Leaving people with no other choice.