The National Food Authority finished the unloading of 100,000 bags of imported NFA rice for Negros Occidental yesterday, and these are now being distributed to various warehouses in Bacolod, San Carlos, and Ilog, Provincial Manager Frisco Canoy said.
He said they completely unloaded all the imported NFA rice allocated for the province from Thailand, carried by the MV Inlaco Express, that docked at the Bredco Port Nov. 23.
“The marine vessel carrying the imported NFA rice has already been cleared and we will calibrate the supply until another batch of rice arrives next year,” Canoy said.
Negros Occidental was the last stop of MV Inlaco Express after it delivered imported rice to Davao and General Santos.
MV Inlaco Express carried 600,000 bags, where Davao and General Santos each had 250,000 bags, and Negros Occidental had 100,000.
This is the second time that this bulk of imported NFA rice has arrived in Negros Occidental this year. The first was in July when the province had 80,000 bags from Thailand.
The calibration of supply will be 50 bags for retailers located in major markets of Bacolod City, while major markets outside the city will have 20 bags, and retailers in other cities and towns will have 30 bags, weekly, he said.
The cost of this imported well-milled rice remains at P27 per kilo.
There will be enough supply for Neg. Occ. this holiday season and with the stabilization of commercial rice prices, that will last up to 45 days, Canoy said.
The Tagpuan program of the NFA, where retailers go to a certain barangay to sell rice and reach out to the poor, who cannot afford the commercial rice in the market, will also continue with this new rice supply.
LOCAL PALAY BOUGHT
Meanwhile, Canoy also said that the NFA already started buying palay from local farmers, starting in San Carlos City where they bought 1,500 bags recently.
Each of these bags contains 50 kilograms of palay.
These palay bags will be stored and will be used if they ran out of supply, as this will last long compared to those already milled, he said.
NFA is buying the palay at P20.70 per kilo from the farmers, which includes a P3 buffer stock incentive, Canoy added.
He also said that they have coordinated with the municipal and city agriculturists to inform Negrense farmers that the agency is buying their produce at a “competitive price”.*
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