THE National Food Authority (NFA) has extended its registration and renewal of licenses for retailers in the province of Benguet.

NFA provincial manager Rolando Rufo said the registration until June this year aims to give ample time for retailers and businessmen to renew their licenses and register their businesses.

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All rice, corn dealers including grains by products such as animal feeds, retailers, wholesalers, millers, grain warehousemen, threshers, mechanical and drying operators grains processors are instructed by the NFA provincial manager to secure their respective licenses or registration certificates.

Also required to secure application for NFA registration are poultry and hog raisers, institutions, and transporting intended for hauling and transporting of palay, rice, or corn.

The schedule for Baguio City has already started last January and ended last month, however, those who filed for renewal late will be paying surcharges for first offence which may lead to penalties like cancellation of NFA license.

This month, registrants and applicants for renewal of license are scheduled for the municipalities of Atok, Bakun, Buguias and Mankayan.

This coming April, applicants from the towns of Kapangan, Kibungan and Tublay will be accommodated by the agency.

Retailers, millers and wholesalers from the towns of Bokod, Itogon, Kabayan, and Tuba are scheduled on May while the towns of La Trinidad and Sablan are scheduled at the NFA on June.

Rufo added non-compliance with the schedule of renewal and registration will subject late registrants and applicants to penalty or surcharges from 25 to 100 percent equivalent of their license fees depending on the number of days delayed.

Fine impositions ranging from P1,000 to as high as P15,000 will also be imposed on erring applicants and registrants and possible cancellation of NFA licenses may be imposed by the agency for not complying. (JM Agreda)