NFA-NEGOCC: 3,500 bags of rice from Iloilo may arrive today
AN initial of 3,500 bags of government rice from Iloilo may arrive in Negros Occidental today, the top official of the National Food Authority (NFA) in the province said yesterday.
Frisco Canoy, provincial manager of Nfa-negros Occidental, yesterday said that these stocks form part of the 10,000 bags they earlier requested an augmentation from the agency’s regional office in Iloilo.
Nfa-negros Occidental earlier made the request as “preparation” if ever the remaining buffer stocks of the province will run short before the additional import allocation arrives.
Canoy said the loading of the 10,000 bags has started yesterday, barely 10 days after the 170,000 bags of imported rice from Thailand for Iloilo have arrived.
“The initial stocks of 3,500 bags will augment our existing buffer,” he told Sunstar Bacolod, adding the remaining augmentation of 6,500 bags from Iloilo is expected to arrive in the province most probably this week.
Nfa-negros Occidental records showed that the province’s buffer stocks of NFA rice as of yesterday are about 6,000 bags.
These are part of the initial import allocation of 80,000 bags from Thailand shipped to the province last July.
Given the government rice participation of 10 percent in the total daily consumption of 20,600 bags, it may still last for three days.
Nfa-negros Occidental, through the said augmentation from Iloilo, is optimistic that it can serve the demand until the additional import allocation for the province arrives most probably next month.
Canoy said a vessel carrying 600,000 bags of imported rice is expected to arrive in Mindanao most probably next week. Though, he has yet to confirm whether it will come from Thailand or Vietnam.
Of the importation, 500,000 bags will be equally shared by Davao and General Santos. While, the remaining stocks of 100,000 bags are intended for Negros Occidental.
Canoy, however, said the province will be the last disport, or discharge port, so they expect the vessel to arrive here by first week of November.
“Based on rough estimates, the unloading of rice in Davao and General Santos will last for two weeks. Under normal circumstance, which means no disturbances like bad weather condition, we expect to get our allocation in the next three to four weeks.”
Like the previous augmentation, Negros Occidental will replenish the stocks it requested from Iloilo once its import allocation arrives, the provincial manager also said.*