DA inaugurates two new NFA warehouses in Nueva Ecija – Manila Bulletin

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The Ministry of Agriculture (DA) inaugurated two new warehouses for the National Food Authority (NFA) in Nueva Ecija, the country’s largest rice-producing province.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said such a development will support the government’s efforts to increase rice inflow in the Philippines to 95 percent and include the additional one million tons (MT) of palay the country plans to produce this year.

NFA Administrator Judy Dansal and Attorney General William Dar lead the inauguration of a new NFA warehouse in Nueva Ecija

Each warehouse, inaugurated on Wednesday, has a capacity of 100,000 sacks and is set to help step up NFA’s palay procurement and buffer storage.

The Muñoz warehouse includes the Muñoz Science City, San Jose City, Talavera, Lupao, and Caranglan, while the Cabanatuan warehouse includes the Cabanatuan City, Sta. Rosa, Palayan City, Zaragoza, Peñaranda and Laur.

NFA Administrator Judy Carol Dansal said that with this new warehouse, NFA will have an additional travel depot to supply rice farmers in the province and purchase their products at a fair government price.

“The farmers can now use these warehouses in the coming harvest season from August and September. Hopefully we can procure more so that we have more buffer stocks available for the residents of Region 3, ”said NFA Regional Director Elvira Obaña.

Dansal added that in 2020 and 2021 an additional 18 warehouses in strategic locations across the country have been funded.

Through the rice tariff law, the NFA now serves as a buffer store, which has the task of maintaining and maintaining the rice supply that can be tapped in the event of natural disasters and other unforeseen events.

For his part, Dar said the inauguration of the new warehouses is important and historic for NFA as it begins to modernize with a number of infrastructure development projects that will help make the local rice industry more competitive.

“In the future, after the farms have been consolidated, we will provide additional post-harvest facilities such as agricultural machinery in order to realize our vision of modernizing the country’s rice industry in the country,” said the chief of agriculture.

“We will use all possible means, including modern technology and innovation, so that our farmers can collectively be globally competitive,” he added.

The other day the Business Bulletin learned that NFA is currently falling short of its palay sourcing target for the year, but Dansal said she was not worried about that as aggregate demand for government subsidized rice had declined.

For this year, the NFA is aiming to buy 19.85 million bags of Palay, but from January through July the agency had only bought 6.11 million bags so far. That’s only 31 percent of that goal.

NFA is currently selling its shares to local government units (LGUS) and partner organizations such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country last year, the agency had to increase its procurements for Paly so it had enough supplies to distribute to LGUs and other government agencies, all of whom had to step up their respective food aid efforts.


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