NFA in Bukidnon intensifies ‘palengke watch’

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon — National Food Authority (NFA) Bukidnon said it is continuing tight monitoring of rice in the province’s major markets to ensure that prices are reasonable and affordable during the lean season.

In an inquiry before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Agriculture and Food, NFA Provincial Manager Juliet A. Obeso said commercial rice prices may increase during months of July, August, and September because this is planting season, and traditionally, rice traders take advantage of this lean harvest time of the year to rake in more profit.

“Hence, ‘Palengke Watch’ teams have been mobilized to keep track of the supply and prices in the market and safeguard government rice against unscrupulous traders,” she said.

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NFA rice in various accredited sales outlets province-wide is sold at P32.00 per kilo.

In targeted barangays, however, P27.00 per kilo of NFA rice is also available.

This intends to give options to those who want it at cheap price, as specified in NFA Targeted Rice Distribution Program (TRDP), Obeso said.
The agency regularly coordinates with barangay and municipal government in doing rounds of visiting public markets to ensure that subsidized government rice gets to the intended beneficiaries.

Monitoring teams should reflect in their reports the lowest, modal, and highest prices of commercial rice.

Accredited retailers must sell it at the prescribed price set by authorities and never resort to short-weighing or mislabelling, she said.

The “Palengke Watch” teams also check whether every licensed grains retailer and wholesaler complies with NFA rules and regulations.
NFA advised every licensed grains trader to implement the prescribed facilities and equipment such as duly calibrated weighing scales, storage space, and white-painted rice boxes.

There should also be a display of prescribed signboards on the exterior wall of grains establishment bearing the name of the licensee, the NFA control number and the words “Licensed Grain Retailer” or “Licensed Grain Wholesaler.”

Grain retailers are reminded to abide by these requirements. Violators of NFA Rules and Regulations shall be meted the corresponding penalty. (PIA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 24, 2014.

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