Un­load­ing of im­ported rice in Ne­gocc 60 per­cent com­plete

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE un­load­ing of im­ported rice in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal is al­ready 60 per­cent com­plete, an of­fi­cial of the Na­tional Food Author­ity (NFA) in the prov­ince said yes­ter­day.

Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal as­sis­tant man­ager Mar­i­anita Gel­le­canao told Suns­tar Ba­colod that of the 100,000 bags of rice from Thai­land, 60,657 bags were al­ready un­loaded as of yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Gel­le­canao said most of the un­loaded stocks were stored at the two ware­houses in the city.

“Some 1,500 bags were al­ready trans­ported to NFA’S ware­house in San Car­los City and an­other 1,000 bags in its ware­house in Ilog town,” she added.

Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal ear­lier pro­jected that un­der nor­mal con­di­tion, mean­ing with­out dis­tur­bances like bad weather, the un­load­ing is tar­geted to be fully fin­ished on De­cem­ber 5.

The 100,000 bags, or five met­ric tons, of rice ar­rived in the prov­ince via MV In­laco Ex­press at the Bredco Port in Ba­colod City last No­vem­ber 23.

It forms part of the 600,000 bags shipped by the said ves­sel.

The big­ger al­lo­ca­tion of 500,000 bags was ear­lier un­loaded to two other dis­ports, or dis­charge port, ar­eas in Gen­eral San­tos City and Davao.

This is the se­cond im­port al­lo­ca­tion for the prov­ince in 2018. The first im­por­ta­tion of 80,000 bags ar­rived in July, also from Thai­land.

Gel­le­canao re­it­er­ated that Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal may start the dis­tri­bu­tion of the new buf­fer stocks to ac­cred­ited re­tail out­lets next week.

With the ad­di­tional im­port al­lo­ca­tion, Gel­le­canao said they can also start in­creas­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion to 20 to 50 bags per re­tail out­let among ma­jor and non-tra­di­tional mar­kets.

Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous months when stocks are lim­ited, the agency cal­i­brated the dis­tri­bu­tion to only five to 10 bags, she added.*

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A TRUCK loads the im­ported rice from Thai­land shipped in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal via MV In­laco Ex­press at the Bredco Port in Ba­colod City.

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