Are you hoarding rice? Are you aware of this taking place in your country?

@tjades (3592)
Jamaica
May 15, 2008 9:19pm CST
I spoke to an aunt in Canada today. She told me that some persons there had started hoard rice and she had gotten some containers but doesnt think she needed to haord anything. The rice crisis or near crisis is affecting people all over the world. Store owners here were on the news earlier saying that their suppiers were marrying products. They could not get the same amount of rice they used to get and they couldnt get it by itself either. They had to purchase the rice with some sugar, flour or something else. How is it in your country? Can you get the same amount of rice you used to? Are you hoarding or considering the prospect of hoarding rice?
9 responses
@sun2day (1063)
• Virgin Islands (U.S.)
16 May 08
I have not heard of anyone her stockpiling rice, I guess it has not hit home yet. We import all our foods, regretably. People are not really complaining, but they are vigilant as to what is happening.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
Oh well. I do here a bit of wariness in the tone of those from the US. Everyone has to be vigilant these days and mindful of how we spend. Thanks for sharing Sun2day. (lol)
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
16 May 08
I am not hoarding rice and in the US some of the store are limiting how many 50# bags you are allowed to buy. I am down to maybe just one cup of rice myself. I have increased rice in the house because I can't afford to buy a lot of other foods to go with meat and I will eat the rice and leave the other food for my boys and whatever friends that they bring with them that are hanging out with them.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
Thanks for sharing here Kay. Lets just hope things change for the better soon. (lol)
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
16 May 08
i had not heard about this until now. this kind of thing is scary to me because there are so many people and if there are food shortages what will happen next? some people will panic and start hoarding as you mentioned and that is not a good thing. i just find there are so many unsettling things going on in the world that i cannot really even think about it because it just worries me.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
It is of great concern to many of us Mikeysmom. Seeing what is happening to the most vulnerable countries and knowing that our pockets and bank books are really feeling it is cause for conncern if things do continue the way they sre. Thanks for sharing. (lol)
@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
16 May 08
Well I do have one extra bag more than I normally would but I wouldnt call it hoarding lol. I love my rice but im not gonna worry too much about it right now. I can live without it.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
Hi Minnie. I havent had cause to worry yet myself. Just hope those in charge can find a means of ending this ridiculus gas price crisis we are facing. that will help a ton. Thanks for sharing.(lol)
• South Korea
16 May 08
Hello... so far here in korea, we are not experiencing that crisis. But, my family in the Philippines..Yes. I just talked to my mother yesterday. She asked me a favor if I can increase her allowance,..you know why? It's because of the sudden price hikes of the rice. The less quality rice is now costing P34.00 if I am not mistaken. My mother said that most of the rice dealers are hoarding rice in hope for more increase with the rice price. The government is also helping to lessen this problem by supplying NFA rice. Yes it is cheap...but....wawawohh..you just have to bear with the taste.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
I asked this of the poster before you but let me ask it of you just the same...Isnt the Phillippines a rice exporter as well? I seem to remember hearing that somewhere. Price hikes are just about driving many of us nuts. Can you imagine if this starts happening with other key products? Thanks for sharing Arlene. (lol)
@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
16 May 08
I'm quite surprised that even there in Canada, people are hoarding rice; to think that it is not a third world country. Here in the Philippines, it has been more than a month since this rice shortage problem started. People have to line up to NFA (National Food Authority) caravans in order to purchase a limited number of kilos of rice for their daily consumption. It has come to a point that several measures have been made just to limit the release of cheaper rice to the consumers. Some cities require that buyers should first present their cedulas or identification cards before rice is sold to them. Other cities prohibit children to line up and buy rice. Lining up twice or thrice a day is also discouraged. In addition, the country has already imported millions of tons of rice from other rice-producing countries.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
Correct me if I am wrong but isnt the Phillippines a rice provider as well. I am almost sure I heard this somewhere. I guess the rate at which the cost of things are going some persons are becoming jittery and thinking of worst to to come. Cant say I really blame them but panicking is not going to help any. Thanks for sharing. (lol)
@meiteoh (421)
• Switzerland
16 May 08
I'm not too sure about how things are in Malaysia - we're a rice producer but even then we still import some in from Thailand and India - but from what dad tells me, the prices have gone up and automatically, knowing the general Malaysian as I do, they would try to hoard bags of it so yes, I would assume that there are restrictions imposed on how many 10/15/20 kilo bags you can buy per family. It's not even done per person because they'll get their children in on the deal and try to pass that off as per person. =.= Anyway, here in Switzerland, things look pretty normal - that's why I didn't even knew that there was an issue on rice hoarding. Rice is still being sold regularly and at the usual price. Occasionally, it goes up on sale (the whole "buy two for the price of one") and when it does, I'll just get some. Which is probably why I ended up with 4 kiloes of rice this time instead of the usual 2. No, I don't hoard. Hoarding just makes things worse. Then again, I know of some people who just simple cannot survive without rice. On the side, this was months ago - my step-father-in-law and my mother-in-law are from France and they are not exactly staple rice eaters. So when they came back from the shop with a 10 kilo bag of rice (trust me, for two people, it's A LOT!), I was shocked! Because in Malaysia, even my parents and myself don't take that much rice. The reason? It was on sale. But I was like "you don't even eat rice as a staple...." I think people are hoarders by nature sometimes. =.=
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
And that we are. Once we feel that something we love or need will go into short supply we start stockpiling. So things are pretty normal there in Sweden. I hope that fire will catch on down here soon. I think this country will just scream uncontrollably if the prices keep on rising. Thanks for sharing Meiteoh. (lol)
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
16 May 08
I had heard something or the othere on the news about it but never paid any attention to it.. I am not that crazy about rice and have about 4 bags of it now, so even it there isn't any more rice, then I still think that I will be ok with it.. Maybe I need to buy a couple more bags, hummm
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
Well we normally buy in bulk so that it last for a long while without having to pick up some everytime we shop but really havent done so in a while. If what I am hearing is true then for sure we wont be able to get that amount again. Good thing is that we can adopt and use something else. We arent rice crazy either. Thanks for sharing Donna. (lol)
@spalladino (17923)
• United States
16 May 08
The large warehouse stores in my area have put a limit on the number of large bags of rice you can buy. I have heard reports on the news of restaurants stockpiling rice in preparation for a severe shortage. There doesn't seem to be a problem with the small or medium size bags but I bought a couple of bags to keep in the pantry "just in case". I've also stocked my freezer with meat because I've noticed shortages of different cuts of beef and pork. Along with that, prices are rising so I may be able to save some money in the future by stocking up now.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
That may be a good idea seeing how prices are really escalating. I know there is a limit on the amount one person can purchase here as well but I really havent been out shopping in any big way lately so it as not really dawned on me just how much this is going on. Many persons have been complaining though. Lord knows we want some level of normalsy (if theres such a word) to return to product prices. Thanks for sharing Spalladino. (lol)