April 22, 2018, 3:23 am
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Cheaper Turkish flour

THERE is a lot of bickering and back-stabbing between two factions of arina merchants in the Philippines. One faction  sells  Turkish  flour  P460  per 25-kilogram  bag  while  the  other faction sells “local flour” at P635 per 25-kg bag.
 
Bad-mouthing  Turkish  flour, Faction B claims that their “local” flour is superior and makes better bread.  Wheat  flour  imported  by Faction A from Turkey is contaminated, claims Faction B.
 
When  Faction  B  consistently uses the word “local,” most Filipinos believe that their wheat flour, arina, traigo is local, grown in the Philippines.  Whether  in  writing or broadcast, the word, “local” is frequently  thrown  in  when  Faction B millers are promoting their flour  and  bad-mouthing  Turkish
flour.
 
In fact, both Factions merchandising  foreign  arina.  All  wheat arina,  traigo  are  from  abroad, planted  by  foreign  farmers.  We have no local wheat flour. We do not  know  how  to  grow  traigo  in the Philippines.
 
Centuries  ago  while  colonized by  Spain,  Filipinos  knew  how  to grow traigo, wheat arina; and did.
 
But  today,  Filipinos  have  forgotten how to grow wheat. Faction B may be importing its wheat arina from any of the five multinational grain  merchants--Cargill/McMillan, Bunge, Dryfus, International, something else. 
 
Seeing  that  all  Filipinos  eat arina  five  times  a  day--noodles, bread, donuts, pasta, puto, biscuit, crackers,  cookies,  cakes,  kakanin, siopao, pizza, etc. etc., the Philippines  imports  billions  of  dollars worth  of  arina  grown  by  foreign farmers.  The  poorest  Filipino spends  his  last  peso  buying  imported pandesal.
 
The last time I looked, the Filipino agronomists hadn't yet figured out  how  to  grow  wheat,  traigo in  the  Philippines.  The  last  time I  looked,  the  Philippines  hadn't produced  one  blade  of  wheat.
 
The last time I looked, billions of dollars worth of wheat arina was bought from five competing multinational  grain  merchants.  The last time I looked, all arina used in the Philippines was grown by alien farmers in lands far away.
 
So,  which  part  of  the  wheat that Faction B millers are milling is  “local”,  when  all  wheat  comes from abroad?
 
The  more  impoverished  the Filipino--i.e.,  those  living  under bridges and in slum areas, couples with  no  visible  income  but  have nine children and pregnant every year--are the ones living on white flour pandesal. It is a convenient nutrient-devoid belly-filler.
 
Impoverished  malnourished Filipinos  trek  to  the  bakery  to spend  their  meager  income  on white flour pandesal. They do not know that wheat is not grown in the  Philippines  and  all  imported foods are luxury items that should not  be  staple  food  for  the  poor.
 
Moreover,  white  flour  provides hardly  any  nutrition  of  concern for Filipinos.
 
It  is  not  surprising  that  stories will  emanate  about  Turkey  arina laced  with  Ochratoxin  A--not  fit for human consumption. Unverified information since wheat from Turkey is tested for contamination by its Ministry of Agriculture andRural  Affairs.  The  last  800  shipments  of  what  had  undergone Ochratoxin  A  testing  all  tested negative.  Not  only  72  million Turkish  consume  Turkish  wheat but  also  1.1  billion  people  from 126 cou ntries eat food made from Turkish flour. Turkey is the ninth largest producer of wheat and the second  largest  exporter  of  wheat flour worldwide.
 
The  Philippines  imported  57 percent  of  arina  needs  which maintained  the  prices  of  pandesal  and  other  bread  products  affordable to Filipinos. Bakers have been using the lower priced Turkish flour and there has been no ill effects  on  the  health  of  Turkish flour  product  consumers. 
 
Turkish  wheat  flour  is  P150  to  P180 cheaper than flour imported from elsewhere. Turkish flour is fast becoming popular among Philippine bread and noodle makers, thus is posing  a  big  threat  to  Faction  B millers  who  are  importing  more expensive wheat.
 
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Dahli_a@yahoo.com

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