GMA orders measures to assure ample rice supply
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (10 September) -- "No shortage of rice until the end of the year," the government has assured the public.
Said assurance of the National Food Authority (NFA) came after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered urgent measures to make ample and affordable rice available in consumer markets, where supply is tight and prices are up due to harvests delayed by the dry spell.
In Capiz, the NFA has also assured the consumers here of sufficient, quality and affordable rice in all the markets here.
Information Officer Edna Artates of NFA Capiz said that all the 118 Tindahan Natin outlets in the province had been flooded with enough supply of government rice that costs only P18.00 per kilogram.
Aside from the Tindahan Natin, they maintain sufficient supply of NFA rice in the Bigasan ng Bayan, individual accredited retailers inside and outside market, farmers cooperatives, parishes and military camp outlets, she said.
NFA Director Rex Espoperez earlier said that NFA has required 15 metric buffer stock of government rice in its warehouses and that it is expecting another 260,000 metric tons of imported rice to arrive this month.
Espoperez added that together with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the NFA has carried out measures to further boost the country's production of rice and to prevent unscrupulous individuals from unduly jacking up prices of rice.
They are also implementing the "One NFA watcher per market" program to prevent hoarders and speculators from unreasonably hiking rice prices, he said. (PIA) [top]