NFA: No rice shortage in Iloilo, Guimaras

first_imgLast year NFA-Iloilo bought a total of1.1 million bags of rice from farmers at P19 per kilo, said Pacificador. Thesewere: ILOILO – There is enough supply ofrice in this province and Iloilo City, according to the National Food Authority(NFA), despite the enhanced community quarantine encouraging people, includingfarmers, to stay home. As of the April 1 inventory, therewere still 3.1 million bags of rice at NFA warehouses, households and marketsin Iloilo city and province, and the island province of Guimaras, saidNFA-Iloilo manager Jose Pacificador.  “Walasang rason nga magpataas presyo sang bugas kay puerte kadamo sang bugas,” he stressed. Meanwhile, Pacificador warnedretailers in Iloilo and Guimaras against jacking up rice prices.  This 2020, NFA-Iloilo plans to buy a millionbags of palay, said Pacificador./PN In this time of enhanced communityquarantine due to the coronavirus disease, Pacificador said NFA-Iloilo’spriority clients are local government units (LGUs), including those ofGuimaras, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD)Region 6. * November – 345,145 bags Pacificador said the following LGUshave so far been released with NFA rice: Alimodian, Barotac Nuevo, Banate,Calinog, Dingle, Dumangas, Janiuay, Lambunao, Maasin, Mina, Oton, Sara, SantaBarbara, Tigbauan, and Tubungan, and Jordan in Guimaras. NFA-Iloilo warehouses are in themunicipalities of San Donisio, Pototan, Dueñas, and Dumangas, and at its mainoffice (NFA regional office) in Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro, Iloilo City. LGUs and DSWD are frontliners in thegovernment’s COVID-19 response and they have direct contact with people whoneed assistance, Pacificador explained.center_img * December – 146,133 bags Pacificador assured consumers, too,that NFA rice is clean and does not smell bad. Sacks of the National Food Authority palay stored in NFA warehouse. NFA-ILOILO The Iloilo City government, on theother hand, procured 18,000 bags of NFA rice, said Pacificador. NFA rice are produced by local farmersthemselves and bought by the grains agency, he reminded consumers. * October – 386,833 bags * September – 250,554 bags Rice is among the items in the foodpacks that LGUs and DSWD distribute to people adversely affected by thequarantine. “These 3.1 million bags of rice aregood for some five months or 155 days,” said Pacificador, “just in time for thefirst cropping between August and September.”last_img read more