NFA releases rice allocations thru farmers
Legazpi City (26 February) -- Some 32 farmers' cooperatives in the Bicol region have already been tapped in the distribution or direct selling of the affordable imported rice under the Institutionalized Farmers as Distributors (IFAD) program of the National Food Authority (NFA).
NFA Bicol regional director Edgar S. Bentulan said farmers and farmers' organizations, which play a major role in the implementation of food security and stabilization program of the government, are now given NFA rice allocation subject to availability of stocks, capacity to purchase and number of members who want to avail of the program.
"The implementation of the IFAD program is also subject to the rules and regulations of the NFA on rice distribution," he added.
In Bicol region, a total of 19,959 bags had already been distributed to the 32 farmers' cooperatives under the IFAD program.
Six farmers' cooperatives in Albay already availed 1,770 bags; five in Camarines Norte got 1,340 bags; two in Catanduanes purchased 1,595 bags; Twelve in Masbate - 12 availed 6,153 bags; seven in Sorsogon got 9,100 bags allocation.
However, some other provinces of other regions opted to withdraw their allocation of around 20,115 bags as of February 20, 2009 and same are being withdrawn on staggered basis here in the Bicol region.
NFA takes the lead in ensuring food security and stabilizing the staple food through importation of rice to meet the shortfall in domestic production in relation to consumption requirement of the country
"The agency is now involving farmers in direct marketing of the rice it is importing," the director noted.
Under the program, farmers' organizations will be issued denominated IFAD certificates, with corresponding serial numbers indicating the volume of allocation and source of the NFA rice.
A farmers' organization must meet the qualifications to be able to avail of the program: must be registered, at least for the immediate past year, with any of the appropriate existing agency Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), Bureau of Rural Workers (BRW), and National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
It must also be a member of the NFA Institutionalized Palay Procurement Program (IPP); a member of a local Farmer's Action Council; Municipal Farmer's Action Council of the Philippine Farmer's Advisory Board (PFAB); and, must be an NFA licensed retailer or wholesaler as well as accredited warehouse and transporter/hauler operator.
For more information about the IFAD program, please visit or call nearest NFA office or call at tel. nos. (052) 480-7085; 480-7015; and 480-7933. (ACPapa, NFA/PIA) [top]