ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The National Food Authority (NFA) assured farmers that it has sufficient fund for palay procurement.
NFA-Capiz officer-in-charge Herrielle Jumagbas said they have adequate fund to buy the palay produce of local farmers.
Jumagbas even urged the farmers to sell their produce to the NFA especially with the very low buying price of private traders.
She said that their warehouses in Barangay Bolo in this city as well as in Santa Cruz in Dumalag town and in Mangoso in Sigma are open to buy the palay produce of farmers.
Starting Sept. 13 this year, NFA is purchasing clean and dry palay at P19.00 per kilogram sans additional incentive such as drying, delivery and cooperative incentive fees.
“Should farmers need to dry their palay to meet the 14 percent moisture content required by the food agency, they can use the NFA’s mechanical dryer for a very minimal fee,” Jumagbas said.
She also said that they can deploy a mobile procurement team in the municipalities if there is a request for it.
“We will accommodate the palay harvest of our farmers as we do not have a limit as to the number of bags for the province to procure,” she said.
Record from NFA Capiz showed that it has already procured a total of 47,228 bags of clean and dry palay from Jan. 1 to Sept. 13. (With a report from PIA/PN)