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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

With coming lean months: NFA a buffer to lean on

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (24 June) -- With the advent of the lean months, the government has assured Capiceņos of sufficient supply of rice.

Information Officer Edna Artates of the National Food Authority (NFA) in Capiz disclosed that the government has enough stock of rice for the public here that are being made available in the various rice outlets.

Artates said that the 180 Tindahan Natin (TN) outlets in the province will continuously supply quality rice at P18.50 per kilogram.

She added that the P25.00 per kilogram government rice are also available at the Institutionalized Bigasan outlets in the province for non-TN beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Provincial Manager Procopio Trabajo II has assured the public that the NFA here has enough buffer stock to meet the agency's mandate of maintaining food security inventory equivalent to 15 days of the national consumption and 30 days for the lean months from July to September.

Trabajo revealed that as of June 23, the agency's stock inventory here was recorded at 163,361 bags of local and imported rice which is ready for distribution.

He added that the total accumulated rice inventory accounted from government, household and commercial stock in the province was noted at 370,978 bags.

He pointed out that said supply of rice is good for 55.36 days based on the provincial daily requirement of 6,700 bags.

On the other hand, Artates stressed that more imported rice is scheduled to arrive in Capiz to augment the province's buffer stock.

Artates also revealed that they have been strictly implementing the "One Strike Policy" which automatically suspends and imposes fines and penalties to violators of the NFA Rules and Regulations to ensure public protection against unscrupulous grains traders. (PIA) [top]

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