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PIA Press Release
2005/01/20

NFA sets early imports

By Mai B. Gevera

Davao City (20 January) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) will import rice early this quarter to prevent a shortage of the grain.

NFA Administrator Gregorio Tan, interviewed over DXRP radio in Davao City, said “We need to import rice this early to guarantee a sufficient supply by February or March.”

"Right now, we have a stock of 2.4 to 2.5 million metric tons which is expected to supply the country for around 85 days," Tan said.

The bulk of the stocks was gathered from the main harvest during the fourth quarter of last year.

Tan clarified that the move to import is a national decision greatly influenced by the consolidated regional demands as requested by NFA’s regional managers.

He assured the public that NFA would have enough supplies for relief operations specifically addressed to the needs of calamity victims.

" NFA is not the one giving rice to the victims. But we make sure we have enough rice for the Department of Social Welfare Department (DSWD) and the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), which are the key agencies extending relief goods to the people," Tan explained.

Tan was a guest in Monday’s “Mindanao Scope,” a radio forum aired throughout Mindanao through the combined facilities of the Philippine Information Agency, Bureau of Broadcast, and Radio Philippines Network (RPN). (PIA) [top]

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