NFA to buy storm-soaked palay
by MG Edale Jr
Ilagan, Isabela (November 11) -- Farmers in Cagayan Valley region whose palay are greatly affected by the recent typhoon and flash floods can now at least feel a sort of relief as the National Food Authority (NFA) and the local government units has joined hands in helping farmers to dispose and benefit from their damaged harvest.
In coordination with both the provincial governments in Cagayan Valley and NFA officials, have sought the assistance of the Department of Agriculture to help the affected farmers to their debilitating state and requested that their rain-soaked palay harvests be bought by NFA.
This province's local chief executive, Governor Faustino G. Dy III, sought the help of NFA to procure the palay harvests of Isabela farmers to ease their financial and sorry state due to the two successive catastrophe that hit the province recently.
In a meeting with Gov Dy and NFA Isabela Provincial Manager Rocky Valdez, the two officials agreed to start immediately the special procurement program for storm-affected farmers of Isabela.
During their initial talks, Governor Dy said that he has proposed the said procurement activity to the NFA and sent immediately the proposal to the Department of Agriculture for their approval and the DA gives a nod to such undertaking to help the affected farmers.
Governor Dy said the province is allotted the highest number of cavans to be procured by NFA since it has the biggest recorded damages.
Dy said 20,000 cavans is allotted for Isabela but he is requesting that the initial allotment be increased to at least 50,000 cavans where each farmer can only sell up to 50 cavans of rain-soaked or palay in the NFA with a price sharing from the NFA and from the provincial government.
NFA will be buying for storm-damaged palay that are dry, NFA will buy it for P12.00 per kilo and the provincial government will be adding that NFA price of P3.00 per kilo or a total of P15.00 per kilo.
Rain-soaked palay that are considered wet are priced by NFA OF P5.80 per kilo and the provincial government will add P3.00 per kilo for a total of P8.80 per kilo.
Governor Dy said that affected farmers who does not have NFA Passbook can avail of the NFA' special procurement program by coordinating with the City or Municipal Agriculture Officers (C/MAO) in their respective areas and secure a certification from the said office and present to the National Food Authority during the time of selling the palay products.
Dy said the special procurement program fund of the NFA will be culled from the President Social Fund (PSF).
Meanwhile, aside from the special procurement program that is being readied by the said agency, their office is still implementing the regular procurement program in the region and the provincial government is also providing the regular price support price. (PIA Isabela) [top]