NFA-NE­GOCC: 3,500 bags of rice from Iloilo may ar­rive to­day

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

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.*

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