The Philippines has chosen Vietnam’s bid for supplying 187,000 tonnes of rice to boost stocks and meet its annual import needs ahead of the typhoon season in the third quarter, the National Food Authority (NFA) said on Tuesday. This year’s demand from the Philippines, the world’s biggest rice buyer in 2010, represents a small fraction of the 8 million tonnes Vietnam aims to export in 2013.
“We agreed to buy the 25 percent broken rice grade and the volume will form part of our buffer stock for the lean months from July to September,” NFA Administrator Orlan Calayag told reporters. Calayag said there was no need for the Philippines to import more rice as the government expects another record harvest this year. Copyright Reuters, 2013