An­other 10,000 bags of NFA rice re­quested for Ne­gocc

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

AMID un­cer­tainty on the ar­rival of the prov­ince’s im­port al­lo­ca­tion, the Na­tional Food Author­ity (NFA) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal has again re­quested for an­other 10,000 bags of rice from Iloilo to aug­ment its ex­ist­ing lim­ited buf­fer stocks.

Ear­lier this month, Nfane­gros Oc­ci­den­tal first re­quested 10,000 bags of rice from its coun­ter­part in Iloilo.

Of which, only 5,000 bags were al­ready shipped to the prov­ince as of last week. The re­main­ing 5,000 bags are ex­pected to ar­rive this week.

Thus, all in all, the prov­ince’s re­quest for rice aug­men­ta­tion is 20,000 bags.

Frisco Canoy, pro­vin­cial man­ager of Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, yes­ter­day said there is no fi­nal sched­ule yet as to the ar­rival of the ves­sel car­ry­ing the prov­ince’s im­port al­lo­ca­tion.

He ear­lier said that it might ar­rive on the first week of Novem­ber this year along with the im­por­ta­tion for Gen­eral San­tos and Davao.

Of the 600,000 bags from Thai­land or Viet­nam up for ship­ment, the prov­ince is ex­pected to get 100,000 bags.

Canoy, how­ever, said the ship­ment might be de­layed due to sev­eral fac­tors like bad weather. Of the three ar­eas, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal is the last dis­charge port.

“The re­quest for an­other 10,000 bags are in­tended for our tar­get dis­tri­bu­tion dur­ing the re­main­ing weeks of the month,” Canoy said, adding that once ap­proved, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal is ex­pected to get 15,000 bags more from Iloilo.

Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal records showed that the prov­ince’s in­ven­tory of the P27 per kilo­gram gov­ern­ment rice is about 5,000 bags as of yes­ter­day.

Given its par­tic­i­pa­tion of 10 per­cent in the daily con­sump­tion rate of Ne­grenses at 20,600 bags, it may last only for about three days.

Amid the lim­ited buf­fer, Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal con­tin­ues to “stretch” the sup­ply through one, re­duc­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion among ac­cred­ited rice re­tail­ers.

To pri­or­i­tize con­sumers in the marginal­ized sec­tor, it is also sus­tain­ing its “tag­puan” cen­ters with a weekly al­lo­ca­tion of 20 bags each.

Mean­while, aside from the re­quest for aug­men­ta­tion, the prov­ince is also ex­pected to get at least 10,000 bags for the sup­ple­men­tal feed­ing pro­gram of the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD).

Canoy said they also re­quested for the ship­ment of this vol­ume so it can al­ready be de­liv­ered to var­i­ous re­cip­i­ent-day care cen­ters in the prov­ince.

“Other prov­inces in the re­gion have al­ready with­drew their stocks for the feed­ing pro­gram af­ter the DSWD has paid for it,” he added./epn

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