NFA Lingayen warehouse is empty

May 8, 2018 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – There is not  a single bag of rice stored at  the warehouse of  National Food Authority western Pangasinan office, but the agency cannot buy palay from local farmers because of its low buying price, an official of the agency said.

Lita Catabay,  NFA’s senior enforcement and investigation officer, said the agency buys palay at P17 a kilo,  way below the commercial traders’ buying price of P22-P25 each kilo.

Instead, the warehouses are waiting for imported rice which the agency is negotiating for, she said.

 Catabay said even the stocks meant for feeding programs for schoolchildren and emergency stocks for calamities have ran out.

But she said there was not need to worry because commercial (total of 271,594 bags) and household ( 709,778 bags) stocks can still last up to 75 days.

NFA western Pangasinan caters to 22 towns and three cities.

She said before the stocks run out, the agency wrote the local government units and government agencies to acquire stocks for their feeding programs. The last LGU to buy rice from the agency was Dagupan City.

But the agency cannot provide for needs of LGUs if calamity strikes.

“Let us us just pray that no calamity will come,”she said.

Because there is no NFA rice in the markets, consumers may avail of commercial but low-priced rice from outlets of Bigas Tulong sa Bayan, she said. The rice is sold at P39 each kilo.

 There are only eight outlets of the Bigas Tulong sa Bayan, but the NFA is working for establishment of more outlets, she said.

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