Gov orders 3-month rice buffer for Capiz
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (8 October) -- Capiz Governor Victor Tanco has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) here to always set aside a buffer stock of rice for Capiceņos.
Tanco made the directive amidst public fear of possible rice shortage in the Capiz if the farm produce here will be shipped out to other provinces that were greatly affected by typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng.
Tanco said that he had directed the NFA Capiz to have a 3-month rice reservation to ensure sufficient supply for Capiceņos.
He said that after typhoon Frank devastated the rice fields in Capiz last year, farmers have begun to recover abundant farm produce.
Tanco said that monitoring of rice and other agricultural products in Capiz should be done in order to share excess products to other areas that were hit by said typhoons.
Earlier, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directed concerned government agencies to ensure adequate supply of goods in the coming months.
According to Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez, the initial damages to the farm sector reached P5.5 billion and still rising.
He said that Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has already assured the Cabinet and the public that there is enough stock of agriculture products for the whole year, however, added that the effects of typhoons in agriculture stocks can be felt by the first half of next year.
Yap, he said, will import rice the earliest possible time to meet the demand of Filipino consumers next year. (PIA) [top]