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150,000 bags of Vietnam rice arrive in Caraga region

Surigao City (May 25) -- Another boat load containing 150,000 bags of imported rice arrived at the port of Surigao City, a National Food Authority (NFA) official disclosed on Tuesday.

Caraga NFA Regional Director Gil Pepito B. Paqueo said with this arrival, the stock of rice currently stocked at various warehouses and designated government outlets are more than enough to meet the region's rice requirement for 31 days or more, based on the region's daily requirement of 22,800 bags of rice.

Since December last year, at least one million bags of imported rice already arrived in the Caraga region.

Last week, the NFA official have asked interested grains businessmen/ millers/ wholesalers/ retailers/establishments as buyers for the sale of imported rice currently stored at various NFA warehouses throughout the region.

However, Director Paqueo stressed that buyers should be licensed as retailer/wholesaler by NFA.

Maximum quantity of 5,000 bags per purchase per buyer based on capitalization is allowed by the management.

The NFA official also urged the public to send their comments or complaints to NFA offices in case of rice diversion, rebagging and overpricing.

Meanwhile, in a bid to further boost the production of palay in the next cropping season in the Caraga region, particularly in Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte, noted as rice producing provinces, a new scheme on rice seeds procurement and distribution are being adapted jointly undertaken by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-13 and NFA with the respective local government units (LGUs).

The new scheme is the department's Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project (RaSSFiP) financed through the International Fund for Agricultural Development-European Commission (IFAD-EC) loan and grant.

Based on the implementing guidelines adopted last year, the DA will download to the NFA the RaSSFiP fund in the amount of P668,819,742, a loan from IFAD and the IFAD-EC grant of P430,665.420.

The said amount will be used by NFA for the procurement of Certified Rice Seeds (CRS) based on the volume and variety as determined by DA from certified seed growers and with certification from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).

On distribution aspect, DA shall determine the distribution areas, the seed requirements per area in terms of variety and volume and the farmer beneficiaries in consonance with the local government units.

Farmers could still avail the seeds on 50 percent discounted price through the DA authorized representative upon payment of the farmer's equity to NFA. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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