MANILA, Philippines — The National Food Authority (NFA) said the agency’s buffer stock is already short of the 30- day requirement.
This is why the agency is taking additional steps to prevent the buffer stock from further shortage by calling on farmers to sell their rice this harvest season.
The produce that farmers will sell will be used as the country’s reserve in times of calamity, war or any huge crisis.
“We should share so we could be one in our mission to have sufficient rice in the country in times of need. That is during times of calamity,” said NFA regional information officer, Josephine Bacungan.
The agency buys the rice of farmers for the amount of P7.00 per kilo.
This is lower than what the dealers buy which is P19.00 to P25.00 per kilogram.
However, NFA said it would greatly help especially the poor.
The NFA has previously said that the country’s buffer stock of rice might fall short because of the current problem in rice importation. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue
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