NFA rice in Ne­gocc un­til this month only

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

DAYS are num­bered for Ne­grenses to avail the P27 per kilo­gram gov­ern­ment rice in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal as sup­ply will only last un­til this month, an official of the Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity (NFA) said.

En­gi­neer Frisco Canoy, provin­cial man­ager of Nfane­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, said the re­main­ing buf­fer stocks of the cheaper gov­ern­ment rice are about 50,000 bags based on their in­ven­tory as of yes­ter­day.

Canoy said th­ese form part of the prov­ince’s im­port allocation from Myan­mar and Viet­nam and are up for dis­tri­bu­tion only un­til this month.

“By the time we have no more rice to dis­trib­ute, our con­cen­tra­tion would then be on palay (un­husked rice) pro­cure­ment for buf­fer stock­ing,” he re­it­er­ated.

On Fe­bru­ary 14, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte signed Repub­lic Act 11203, which lifted im­port re­stric­tions on rice to make the price of the sta­ple com­mod­ity af­ford­able for all.

Ef­fec­tive March 5 this year, the Rice Im­port and Ex­port Lib­er­al­iza­tion Law has re­moved the reg­u­la­tory func­tions of the NFA over in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic trad­ing of rice.

Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, like other provin­cial of­fices, can no longer act on li­cens­ing and regis­tra­tion of per­sons and en­ti­ties engaged in the grains busi­ness, and col­lec­tion of reg­u­la­tory fees.

Other func­tions stripped from the agency in­cluded is­suance of ne­go­tiable ware­house re­ceipts, ware­house in­spec­tion, au­thor­ity to seize hoarded stocks, and en­force rules and reg­u­la­tions in the grains busi­ness.

It can be re­called that Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal ear­lier pro­grammed the dis­tri­bu­tion at 30,000 to 35,000 bags of gov­ern­ment rice cov­er­ing at least 160 ac­cred­ited out­lets in the prov­ince ev­ery month.

The gov­ern­ment rice with a buying price of P25 per kilo­gram at the NFA is be­ing sold by ac­cred­ited re­tail­ers at P27 per kilo­gram.

For lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS) and other gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, the agency has started im­ple­ment­ing the new sell­ing price of rice in June this year.

From P32 per kilo­gram, the new sell­ing price of the gov­ern­ment rice has in­creased to P37 per kilo­gram.

In terms of palay pro­cure­ment, Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal still im­ple­ments the same guide­lines.

Un­der the ex­ist­ing pro­cure­ment scheme, the agency buys palay at the cur­rent sup­port price of P17 per kilo­gram plus ad­di­tional in­cen­tives of P3 per kilo­gram and P0.70 per kilo­gram for de­liv­ery, dry­ing and co­op­er­a­tive devel­op­ment.

This means that in­di­vid­ual farmer can get a max­i­mum of P20.40 per kilo­gram while mem­bers of farmer co­op­er­a­tives are get­ting max­i­mum of P20.70 per kilo­gram of palay be­ing sold to the NFA.

Canoy said the buying sta­tions are still in ware­houses in Ba­colod City, San Car­los City and Dan­calan in Ilog town.

The agency con­tinue to cam­paign among lo­cal farm­ers to sell their palay to the NFA, he added.*


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