Rice farmers told to sell produce to NFA-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
LOCAL rice producers are encouraged to sell their produce to National Food Authority (NFA) in a bid to attain 100 percent rice sufficiency target by next year.
Maria Elaine M. Respecio, economist of Maria Elaine M. Respecio of NFA Davao City, said Davao Region has a total rice inventory of more than 270,000 sacks.
Of the number, 95 percent are imported mostly from Vietnam while the five percent are sourced locally from Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Compostella Valley.
As of October 24, 2013, some 13,600 sacks of rice were sold by the local farmers to the agency to increase rice supply sourced from local suppliers and lower down rice importation.
Different buying stations of NFA were also put up in the region, two of them are situated in Sta. Ana Avenue and Calinan in Davao City, where farmers can sell off their products at P17 a kilo.
Respecio said NFA can deploy its mobile buying station should farmers want their produce be picked up at their farms.
The agency is also giving incentives to encourage more farmers to sell their rice produce to them. NFA gives farmers additional .20 centavo a kilo if they deliver rice to buying station and another .20 centavo a kilo if delivered dry. Also, if they belong to a cooperative, they get another .30 centavo a kilo.
"We are eyeing to increase the incentive program to attract more farmers. We are currently studying by how much we will increase the incentives," said Respecio.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 28, 2013.