NFA assures enough rice supply
by Joseph B Zambrano
Baguio City (6 February) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) assured abundant supply of rice even with the of El Niņo now being felt in the country.
Rolando S. Rufo, NFA manager for Baguio-Benguet area said that consumers need not worry of shortage because of abundant stock of rice. He assured a buffer stock is obtainable at any given time ready for distribution.
NFA is selling P18.25 per kilo to community- based Tinadahan sa Parokya and Tindahan Natin whose consumers are identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The market- based Bigasan sa Palengke is selling NFA rice at P25 to P28 a kilo.
We regularly supply cavans of rice to these outlets as long as they submit their Rice Allocation Ledger (RAL), Rufo explained.
Another program of NFA is the Food for School Program (FSP) in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) Cordillera for the school base and the DSWD for the day care program.
The municipality of Kibungan was identified as the recipient of this FSP because of recent survey results showing that the town has the highest number of malnourished children.
According to Rufo, the NFA in coordination with DSWD have disposed 1,429 bags of Iron Fortified Rice (IFR) to a total 153 beneficiaries while 1,976 bags of IFR was sent out with DepEd.
Kibungan Mayor Benito Siadto appreciated the help of the national government extended to his town adding that this program should be sustained so that the children will be healthy.
Meanwhile, Rufo disclosed that in line with the Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project (RaSSFiP), NFA distributed 261 palay seeds under the GMA Rice Program to municipalities in Benguet.
With the onslaught on typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng to the province of Benguet, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) shouldered the expenses supposed to be the counterpart of the farmers, Rufo explained.
The local government units will identify the farmers to be given the palay seeds, Rufo added. (PIA-CAR) [top]