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PIA Press Release
2008/08/14

Imported rice arrives to augment Negros Oriental rice stock

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (14 August) -- A total of 43,000 bags of imported rice arrived at the National Food Authority (NFA) here to augment the local rice agency's food stock for the month of August.

NFA Information Officer Rolando Lazalita said that on August 1, NFA here received 16,000 bags of Vietnam rice of 25% broken variety.

This was followed by the arrival of 27,000 bags of Thailand rice on August 4.

Lazalita said the August 4 shipment of 27,00 bags consisted of 7,500 bags of premium Thailand rice (5% broken and long-grained) while the rest are of 25% broken variety, said Lazalita.

The 25% broken variety of Thailand rice have been distributed to local retailers and are expected to sell it at P35 per kilo in all eight Institutionalized Bigasan sa Palenke outlets located at the Dumaguete City Public Market, he said.

Lazalita also revealed that 120,000 rice bags are expected to arrive in the province until December this year.

"Almost every week, we have shipments of rice coming in to augment the supply in Negros Oriental," he said.

Meanwhile, there are a total of 508 Tindahan Natin outlets currently operating in Negros Oriental.

NFA Provincial Economist Cheryl Echeverri said that there will be eight more outlets that have been approved and will soon operate after the requirements have been processed.

Echeverri explained that the Tindahan Natin outlets in the province fall under four categories, namely those endorsed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Legislators-funded Tindahan Natin outlets, church-based Handog sa Parokya and the Bigasan sa Barangays.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said that the government has allocated P6.5 billion for the intensified palay procurement program of NFA this main harvest season, with the NFA to purchase as high as 500,000 metric tons (MT) from farmers.

He explained that said subsidies for palay farmers are in the form of certified seeds to increase rice sufficiency and providing food on the table of every Filipino family. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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