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Aklanons assured of enough rice supply this Christmas

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (21 November) -- There is enough rice for Aklanons this Christmas, and even beyond.

This was the assurance given by the National Food Authority (NFA) here through Information Officer Judith T. Tindog who relayed that as of November 13 of this year, rice available at government and private warehouses here as well as in households will last for 97 days, or more than three months, which means people will have enough rice supply even after December.

The NFA is also conducting non-stop palay procurement in the different rice-producing towns in Aklan at P17.00 per kilogram of clean and dry palay.

Tindog said the NFA's buying price of P17 per kilo which includes the government support price of P11.00 and P6 pesos special procurement incentive has generated a positive response to farmers who now prefer to sell their palay to the food agency.

"The farmers also appreciated the NFA's effort of going directly to their areas to buy their palay. They said the mobile procurement program of the office enabled them to save much in terms of transport expenses if they had to bring their produce to the NFA warehouse," Tindog said over the PIA/DYRG radio program when she guested recently to discuss the status of rice supply in the province as well as the measures employed by her agency to ensure food security.

Tindog reminded the farmers that the NFA Mobile Procurement Team is ready to go to their areas to buy their produce provided they have at least 100 bags of palay weighing 50 kilograms each.

Currently, NFA-Aklan still invites farmers to avail of P1,800 fertilizer incentive by selling to the food agency a volume of 2,500 kilograms of clean and dry palay.

The farmers who sell their palay produce to the NFA must be holders of farmers' passbooks.

Aklanons can buy their rice supply at various outlets depending on prices. At Tindahan Natin outlets, a consumer can buy rice at P18.25. Thailand rice, which costs P25 per kilo can be accessed from Institutionalized Bigasan Sa Palengke Outlets, while a much-better quality of Vietnam rice can be bought straight from the NFA Office at P35.00 per kilo, Tindog said. (PIA) [top]

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