FSM Senator Visits PhilRice, Asks For Partnership

August 1st, 2016

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15 August 2012, Maligaya, Science City of Munoz.  Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) Honorable Shelten G. Neth, Senator from the State of Pohnpei, visits PhilRice from August 14-17 mainly to exchange ideas on how the FSM can rightfully start developing its rice industry and eventually reduce its rice imports.

“Micronesia, particularly in Pohnpei, has so many God-given natural resources. We need to maximize these resources for consumption, and to commence reducing importation of products such as rice from other countries,” the Honorable Senator Neth said. FSM imports rice and other foods from Australia, the United States, and Japan, among other countries.

Senator Neth would like to have touch base knowledge of the operations involved in rice production. Together with DA-PhilRice, the Senator wanted to explore possible “country to country” collaboration as a means to source out possible avenues to optimize Micronesian natural resources that include rice.

He invites PhilRice, through its Executive Director, Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr. to revamp and restart rice production in FSM, which the Japanese had done during the World War 2 era. Senator Neth further said that this goal of maximizing natural resources is for economic and humanitarian reasons.

Asked about his impression of the Institute, the senator was candid in saying that “It will definitely not be the first time,” and that he would visit more often in the years to come. He was “impressed in so many things” especially the “friendly, charismatic, facial expressions of lead persons, and their in-depth technical know-hows” in rice research.

During his 4-day stay in PhilRice, Senator Neth will also visit other government agencies in Muñoz, selected farmers’ fields, and a giant rice milling plant in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.

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