The Department of Agriculture and the National Food Authority in Western Visayas held a coordination meeting on the collaboration and interventions of the department on the local procurement of NFA for rice buffer stocking, DA 6 regional director Remelyn Recoter said yesterday.
The meeting was attended by NFA regional and provincial officials, led by its newly-installed regional manager, John Robert Hermano, and DA personnel.
There are 24 rice processing centers (RPC) and one Korean International Cooperation Agency funded RPC in the region that will be validated by NFA provincial managers for partnership as buying stations/pickup points, and for possible drying/milling and storage services. A meeting with the farmers’ associations managing the RPCs will be conducted once the validation results from the field are consolidated, the press release said.
Based on this year’s target of the NFA Region 6 of 655,000 bags of rice, NFA still needs 15 more mobile drying units. Two mobile dryers were already given last year to NFA Iloilo, the rest will be provided under the Special Allotment Release Order of the Department of Budget and Management issued last month, which is set for public bidding on February 6. Available DA service trucks will also be provided for NFA’s use during the dry harvest season. Reports from the field showed that the bulk of harvest of about 77 percent of area planted will be from February to March 2019.
The NFA provincial managers will also be invited as resource persons in the DA radio programs in the provinces for wide dissemination of NFA support price P3.70 or a total of P20.70/kilo, other incentives such as farm machineries, seeds and production loan to individual farmers/association, provided they will deliver their produce to NFA. A series of meetings will still be conducted to finalize the mechanics for each program, the press release added.*
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