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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

NFA Cagayan beefs up rice supply

Tuguegarao City (September 21) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) has increased rice deliveries to its outlets to soften the impact of the high prices of commercial rice on the public.

NFA assistant manager Natividad Arugay reiterated that despite the long dry season experienced by farmers in the region, the public is assured that there is enough supply of low-priced rice.

She said the price of commercial rice rose to P26 - P27 per kilo recently, prompting NFA to immediately increase deliveries of NFA rice to its outlets.

The extended dry spell delayed planting and harvesting by one to two months in some areas of the region and also in other areas in the country.

And to beef up the NFA rice inventory, Arugay said DA secretary Arthur Yap has approved the importation of additional metric tons of the cereal from Thailand and Vietnam.

With the rice importation and the onset of the harvest season, she assured of enough supply of rice until the end of the year. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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