NFA says Nueva Vizcaya has sufficient rice supply
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (September 27) -- The province still maintains a sufficient supply of rice, officials of the National Food Authority (NFA) here bared.
Antonio Panganiban, NFA provincial manager said imported rice from Vietnam is now being circulated by the agency through their existing 9 "Bigasang Bayan sa Palengke" (BBP) outlets in the province.
The imported rice, he said is being sold from P19.00 to P25.00 a kilo in their accredited outlets or P900.00 per cavan compared to commercial rice varieties which are being sold from P950.00 to P1,200.00.
"We are also requested by Congressman Carlos Padilla to open up additional BBPs to reach out to the remote municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya like Kasibu, Sta. Fe, Kayapa, Quezon and Alfonso Castaneda," Panganiban told PIA during their 35th anniversary celebration at the NFA warehouse in barangay Magsaysay here.
According to Panganiban, the dry spell that hit the country did not actually affect the food security of the province because of the locally – produced rice varieties of farmers which are always sufficient and even sold to nearby provinces and regions.
He also said they will continuously monitor rice retailers not to jack up their prices and shift NFA rice or imported rice to commercial rice to ensure that NFA rice are readily available and affordable to the poor sectors.
With the onset of the typhoon season, Panganiban also allayed fears of rice shortage, saying they have also enough food security stocks intended for calamities in coordination with the local government units.
Under their agreement, LGUs can procure rice from NFA warehouses during calamities and disasters to provide rice assistance to the affected communities.
"They can immediately buy from us the required rice supply. They only need to certify that they have funds for this procurement," Panganiban said. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]