Gov't puts up more palay-buying stations
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (14 August) -- The government has established more than 300 palay buying stations nationwide.
Aside from the existing 350 palay buying stations, the National Food Authority (NFA) will even establish more buying stations if necessary, NFA Administrator Jessup Navarro said.
The institution of more palay buying stations, particularly in the country's palay producing areas, is part of the agency's support activities for its intensive palay procurement this main harvest season.
In Capiz, NFA Information Officer Edna Artates said that they have three buying stations located in Bolo, Roxas City and in Dumalag and Sigma towns.
Artates added that the mobile procurement team will be made available upon the request of farmers.
The three buying stations in Capiz are among the 22 buying stations that are currently operating in Western Visayas.
With the establishment of adequate buying stations, Navarro is optimistic that the NFA would be able to buy its targeted 500,000 metric tons palay produce until December with the increase in the agency's buying support price and additional incentives to farmers.
Navarro revealed earlier that most of the agency's buying stations are located in major palay producing areas with 52 buying stations in Region 4, followed by 46 stations in Region 2, and 35 station in Region 3.
The NFA is buying clean and dry palay with 14 percent moisture content and a minimum of 95 percent purity at P17 per kilogram, he said, adding that said agency is granting an additional incentive of P1,800 to farmers for every 50 bags of 50 kilograms of palay sold to said office.
"The additional incentive is intended to help farmers subsidize the cost of their farm inputs like fertilizer," Navarro said.
Meanwhile, Capiz NFA Manager Gil Ibarra expressed confidence that they would be able to exceed their 15,000 bags target before the year ends.
Ibarra disclosed that since last week, they were already able to procure 4,156 bags of palay. (PIA) [top]