Tuesday, August 12, 2008

from PGMA Palay

Legazpi City -- "Don't allow yourself to be victimized by opportunists
and unscrupulous businessmen. Sell your palay produce to the National
Food Authority (NFA) directly and avail of the P17/kg price for clean
and dry palay."

This was NFA Bicol regional director Edgar Bentulan advice over
reports that rice farmers in areas in Camarines Sur and Albay have
decried rice traders modus of buying palay for as low as P10.50 per kilo.

Bentulan said farmers should not allow themselves to be used by rice
traders in selling their palay stocks to NFA. "We will watch this."

He said the NFA Central Office has instructed the provincial managers
to intensify procurement of palay in their respective areas to further
beef-up the government's buffer stocks for the coming year.

Bentulan said the NFA will buy clean and dry palay with 14 per cent
moisture content and 95 per cent purity at P17 per kilogram plus a
bonus of P1,8000 for every 50 cavans of palay that farmers will sell
to NFA.

Per advice from NFA Central Office, this amount shall be given to
farmers on reimbursement scheme for the fertilizer they will buy for
the next planting season, retroactive July 1, this year.

In Bicol the NFA is employing the following procurement strategies,
free hauling with the use of NFA trucks and rolling stores (as
backload); opening up of buying stations to production areas;
organizing mobile procurement teams to far-flung production areas;
free use of NFA drying pavement; minimal fee of P1.00/50 kg in the use
of NFA mechanical dryers.

"We have sufficient funds to accommodate palay deliveries," Bentulan
assured. "Logistics in terms of funding, manpower, warehouse
facilities are all in place."

In the Bicol region, there are 14 NFA burying stations strategically
located in the different provinces - Albay - 4; Camarines Norte - 1;
Camarines Sur - 4; Catanduanes - 1; Masbate - 1; and Sorsogon - 3.

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