The National Food Authority-Negros Occidental already unloaded 100,000 bags of imported rice from Myanmar from the marine vessel docked at the Bredco Port in Bacolod City, its manager, Frisco Canoy, said yesterday.
He said 100,000 of the 239,000 bags have been distributed to NFA warehouses in Bacolod City, San Carlos City, and Ilog.
Two marine vessels from Vietnam and Myanmar earlier docked at the Bredco Port to drop off the 239,000 bags of imported rice for Negros Occidental.
MV Tan Binh 79 carried 160,000 bags from Myanmar, while MV Han Binh 16 from Vietnam transported 79,000 bags. The Burmese rice will be unloaded first, there are 60,000 bags still to be transferred from the vessel to the NFA warehouses.
Canoy said they are unloading an average of 10,000 bags daily, adding they can finish the unloading of supply from the MV Tan Binh if the weather will be suitable in the next five to six days.
On the other hand, those from MV Han Binh have not yet been opened for aeration as Canoy said the stocks will be aerated two days before the imported rice on MV Tan Binh will be completely unloaded.
He said there is still imported rice from Thailand left in the NFA warehouse and they estimate to distribute the supply to retailers until the third week of the month.
Meanwhile, he said the prices of commercial rice in Neg. Occ. markets remain stable.
He said regular milled rice is now at P38 to P39 per kilo, well-milled at P43 to P44/kg., premium at P46 to P47/kg., and special rice at P50 to P55/kg.
He said all commercial rice retailers are obeying the memorandum from the Department of Agriculture on the suggested retail prices and the labeling of rice.*
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