The National Food Authority in Negros Occidental will now buy clean and dry palay from accredited local farmers assisted by the Department of Agrarian Reform and National Irrigator Association, Cynthia Luz Chua, NFA senior grains operations officer, said yesterday.
Chua said they will focus on the acquisition and procurement of palay from local farmers. She said President Benigno Aquino III had instructed all NFA offices in the country to prioritize buying local produce to reduce the country’s purchase of imported rice.
She also said NFA is a ready market for rice and corn farmers when buying price in the commercial level is lower than the buying price of the agency. NFA buys clean and dry palay at P17 per kilo.
PVO records over P42 million
in lamb sales to LGUs, growers
The Provincial Veterinary Office has recorded P42,039,000 in sales from 2,542 lambs purchased by private breeders and local government units in Negros Occidental as of July 16, a PVO collection report showed.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena said they have only 3,046 lambs left for sale at the Negros First Ranch in Sta. Rosa, Murcia.
The lambs were purchased from Perth, Australia early this year for the livestock development program of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., and his plans to make Negros Occidental the lamb capital of the Philippines, Decena also said.
Coconut farmers urged:
Produce own seedlings
MANILA – The Philippine Coconut Authority is urging farmers to produce their own seedlings as planting materials, with the dwindling coconut production due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon and the taking of coco trees to "biological rest" period to recover from the stress brought about by three successive years.
PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes said they are funding a very unique scheme of planting and replanting coconut plantations by urging coconut farmers to produce their own seedlings that they will plant in their own farm.
In turn, Forbes said the government will pay the farmers for the planting materials they produced and planted in their own farm.