CATARMAN, Northern Samar-– The rice stock from National Food Authority (NFA) was sold at P27 per kilo during the launch of Kadiwa sa NIA at the Northern Samar Irrigation Management Office (NSIMO) in Brgy. Dalakit, Catarman, on September 15.
Low-income households took advantage of the affordable price offered during the event at the NIA compound.
National Food Authority Information Officer Juvee Ann Gremio, in her message of support, informed that NFA rice available in their office is locally procured from the local farmers.
She pointed out that due to the Tariffication Law, NFA no longer imports rice from Thailand and Vietnam.
She said that NFA’s mission has been reduced to maintaining emergency buffer stocks and no longer selling retail rice in the market.
“Since our stocks are coming from domestic sources, we can assure the public that we have quality local rice with no smell,” Gremio said.
“We are aggressively buying palay from our local farmers to refresh our limited stocks, that is why we encouraged them to produce more and sell it to NFA,” she added.
The information officer said their office buys clean and dry palay at P23 per kilo, while for the fresh and wet is P18 per kilo.
During the launch, NFA was able to sell 10 bags or 50 kilos of rice at P27 per kilo to poor families in Brgy. Dalakit, Catarman.
‘Kadiwa sa NIA’ is in support of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s agenda which seeks to empower the farming community by providing a direct and effective farm-to-consumer food supply chain.
(MMP/TBC/PIA Northern Samar)