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NFA intensifies rice deliveries, keeps close watch on price violators

by EA Abasquez

San Jose, Antique (13 September) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) has increased by 25-50 percent rice deliveries to its 31,400 outlets nationwide to soften the impact of the high prices of commercial rice on the public.

NFA Deputy Administrator Ludovico Jarina also assured consumers that the "price of NFA rice remains at P18.00 per kilo nationwide. He also appealed to the public to report to NFA through mobile phone no. 0917-6210927 any outlet selling NFA rice above P18.00 a kilo.

Jarina reiterated that despite the long dry season being experienced by farmers in many parts of the country, the public can rest assured that there is enough supply of low-priced NFA rice, available at regular NFA outlets and 8,140 Tindahan Natin that have been established in line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's hunger mitigation program.

In Antique, the NFA rice outlets include the 88 Tindahan Natin, 23 Bigasan ni Gloria sa Palengke and eight Bigasan sa Parokya, said NFA's Information Officer, Gladdys Gallano.

As a proactive move to keep the selling price of NFA rice at prescribed price of P18.00 a kilo, NFA under the Palengke Watch has mobilized employees to monitor the daily prices and supply of both NFA and commercial rice in the markets/outlets and submit report everyday on findings to regional and national offices of NFA, Gallano pointed out.

On account of NFA's big volume of palay procured last year, complemented by the combined stocks from traders, millers/retailers and the households, the NFA's inventory is expected to last up to December.

The trending inventory appears to increase due to ongoing harvest in some municipalities. Though NFA's palay procurement program is now open, but because of higher prices offered by traders and more beneficial to farmers, no deliveries of the staple food have so far reached the NFA, the source said. (PIA) [top]

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