NFA Palawan gears up to pur­chase 5k bags of palay

Palawan News - - COMMUNITY - By Rachel Ganan­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity (NFA) in the prov­ince is pre­par­ing to pur­chase 5,000 bags of palay (un­husked rice) for the month of De­cem­ber de­spite the pos­si­bil­ity of farm pro­duc­tion go­ing down due to un­co­op­er­a­tive weather. Lo­cal NFA as­sis­tant man­ager Ner­i­lyn Conde said the num­ber of rice bags is part of their ini­tially pro­jected 15,000 bags of palay for pur­chas­ing be­fore the end of the year. Conde said she just hopes that the weather would co­op­er­ate or the 5,000 bags might go down to 3,000 if not 4,000. “Kung puro basa ang palay ng farmer, hindi rin siya ma-ac­com­mo­date la­hat kasi yong pag­tu­tuyo sa me­chan­i­cal dryer hindi na­man ibig sabi­hin one day tuyo na siya. Tapos may con­straints pa tayo, ka­pag brownout, hindi na tatakbo ang at­ing me­chan­i­cal dryer. May so­lar dryer pero ka­pag tag-ulan, hindi rin na­man natin na­gagamit,” she said. Conde said their plans to buy the vol­ume of palay bags from Brooke’s Point, Bataraza, Narra, Rizal, Roxas, and Puerto Princesa is cur­rently be­ing cur­tailed by the prob­lem­atic weather and the con­stant power out­ages that af­fect me­chan­i­cal dry­ing. Dur­ing the months of Oc­to­ber to early Novem­ber, she said the NFA was able to pur­chase 1,843 bags of palay in Palawan, in­clud­ing the Calami­anes Is­lands Group. The town of Narra pro­duced the largest num­ber at 639 bags, fol­lowed by Rizal with 528, Brooke’s Point with 411, Puerto Princesa City with 118 and Coron with 45. They were pur­chased fol­low­ing the ap­proval of the P3 buf­fer stock­ing in­cen­tive by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA), a move that gave them the sup­port to com­pete with the buy­ing price of un­husked rice by com­mer­cial traders. Since Oc­to­ber, the NFA has al­ready been buy­ing palay rice bags at P23 per kilo. “Ngay­ong Novem­ber, hindi pa masyado [nakak­a­bili] dahil kami ay nag-i-info cam­paign, nau­u­na­han pa rin kami ng mga traders. Kasi sila nakaa­bang na sa mga magsasaka na nag-aani ‘yong truck nila,” she said. But com­mer­cial traders have al­ready de­creased their buy­ing price from P24 to P22 due to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sug­gested re­tail price (SRP) of rice in the mar­ket.

(File photo cour­tesy of Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity)

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