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PIA Press Release
2009/02/26

4 NFA rice varieties now on display in retail outlets

Legazpi City (26 February) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) Bicol has made four varieties of rice available to consuming public in the markets.

Effective this month Institutionalized Bigasan sa Palengke (IBSP) retail outlets in the markets all over the region is setting NFA imported rice and local rice 25 percent broken priced at P25 per kilogram, 15 percent broken at P30, and 5 percent broken is pegged at P35.

The 25 percent broken is 75 percent head rice, 15 percent broken is 85 percent head rice, and the 5 perceent broken is 95 percent long grains head rice.

NFA Bicol regional director Edgar S. Bentulan said "the public could distinguish the four varieties of NFA rice available in the market with quality and length of rice kernel".

"These rice stocks vary in quality and appearance, so as the difference in the price," he said.

Under the tie-up scheme of the agency, accredited outlets are issued the four types of NFA rice, but they are instructed not to force buyers who cannot afford to buy the expensive one.

Provincial managers of NFA across the region have reactivated Palengke Watch & Operation Center (OPCEN) to closely monitor distribution and prices of these rice stocks to ensure consumers can purchase them at the right price.

In an interview, Bentulan likewise assured that stocks in private warehouses are sufficient, stressing that there is an ample supply of commercial rice in local markets at a reasonable low price.

He also emphasized that the government rice being distributed by authorized outlets in poor barangays nationwide remains at P18.25.

The cheap NFA rice is only available in Tindahan Natin Operators (TNO), accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and NFA, to serve indigent families in the poorest of poor barangays.

The P18.25/kilogram consumer price is implemented for rice sales holder/beneficiaries of DSWD-validated Family Access Cards (FAC) and the Rice Allocation Ledgers (RAL) in the field offices as the P25/kg consumer selling price will continue to apply in the sales transactions to non-FAC and RAL holders and consumer-buyers in public markets. (ACPapa, NFA/PIA) [top]

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