PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012
Rice supply in Zambo City stable – NFAby Michael Vincent D. Cajulao
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) -– National Food Authority (NFA) – Zamboanga City Provincial Manager Gaudencio Nuega, Jr. assured the public that the city has sufficient rice supply for this year.
Nuega told local media here that the first batch of rice shipment will be arriving in the city on the second quarter.
“The first shipment is expected to arrive by April or May. Kahit dumating ang bigas by April or May, in place ang food security at rice supply for Zamboanga City”, Nuega said.
As of present, there are still 92,000 bags of rice in their office according to Nuega. Harvest time is also approaching and NFA is expecting around 44,000 sacks of palay from the nearby city of Pagadian and the entire region.
All together, the city will have at least 136,000 bags of rice, enough to supply the city for 110 days. There are also commercial rice available in the market, Nuega added.
Nuega said NFA is planning to import 10 million bags of rice (500,000 Metric Tons) for the entire country this year. However, it’s still unknown how many bags will be allocated to the city but he, again, assured the public of the city’s stable supply. (JPA/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)