Rice price up in Oro-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
POOR Kagay-anons are now finding it hard to buy commercial rice since palay dealers have increased its price starting last month.
Rice wholesaler Mary Padin at the Puerto public market told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the price of rice has increased from around P500 to P1000 per sack that could burden not only the retailers but also the consumers.
She said that they get their supply directly from the farmers and it is not the wholesalers that control the price.
Rolando Cortez, a rice retailer from barangay Bugo, said the price of palay has increased from P34 to P38 that started last first week of July.
“Katong bugas nga P41 sauna, karon naa na around P46,” he added.
Rice retailers have no option but to increase the retail price otherwise their profit will not be enough to compensate their workers and to sustain their business operation.
“Diri sa amo ang bugas niabot na og P50 ang kilo galisud nami og palit (In our area the price of rice have peaked up to P50 per kilo, we can barely afford it),” said Lucelle Calsina, a resident from the hinterlands of Barangay Puerto.
Meanwhile, the price of National Food Authority (NFA) rice has not moved and remained at P27 to P30 per kilo.
“Wala man gyud nausab ang price sa NFA sukad pa sauna (The price of NFA rice did not change ever since),” said Albert Flores, a rice vendor at the Cogon public market.
Ellen Ollalo, a long-time consumer of NFA rice, said that she prefers it because it is cheaper than commercial rice but satisfies the hunger just the same.
For his part, Dennis Gomera said the price of NFA rice will always remain at the ceiling set by the government.
He also added that during price hikes on commercial rice, it is the middle and high-income groups that will suffer from hike because they are the primary consumers of commercial rice.
Calsina explained that since President Estrada’s administration, the price of NFA rice has significantly increased from P18 to P30 per kilo.
She said that the government should control not just the price of the NFA varieties but also the commercial rice so it remains accessible to the poor families.
"Mananom nalang ta og kamote, binggala og uban pa ani kay para dili ta maapektohan sa increase (Let us plant sweet potato, cassava, and any other root crops so that the price hike cannot affect us),” Calsina said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 18, 2013.