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NFA 2 ready to buy rain-soaked, storm-damaged palay from Isabela farmers

by Thelma C. Bicarme

Tuguegarao City (Nov. 11) -- The National Food Authority Region 2 has announced that farmers from the province of Isabela can now sell their rain-soaked or storm-damaged palay to the NFA after President Benigno S. Aquino III directed the NFA Isabela to buy palay even those with higher moisture content.

Earlier, Isabela Governor Faustino G. Dy III appealed to the President to assist farmers in the province who suffered from the damages brought by typhoon Juan last month.

In an interview with Elimar Ragindin, economist of NFA 2, he said P25 million will be given to the province to procure some 20,000 bags of palay.

Ragindin said that they have not yet received the fund which will come from the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) of the President for the special procurement program but they were already given the go-signal to buy palay using their regular procurement budget.

The NFA economist explained that they will buy rain-soaked and storm-damaged palay with prices depending with the moisture content. "For palay with 14% moisture content, the buying price is P10," Ragindin further explained.

The provincial government will also give P2/kg as additional to the NFA buying price to further assist the farmers.

Ragindin said the other provinces affected by the typhoon and flood can also request for the same assistance from the NFA by submitting a request accompanied with the needed documents such as area, volume, number of farmers affected and others.

A total of 130,000 hectares of ricefield and 140,000 rice farmers in the region were affected. (PIA 2) [top]

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