CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Aug. 16 (PIA)--The National Food Authority (NFA) provincial office assures there is enough rice buffer stock for the province these typhoon months after is has started with its contract milling.
Assistant Manager Johnny Moldero revealed there are initial 25,000 bags of rice delivered by the local contract miller that would all be allocated for calamity reserve. The 25,000 bags came from the first 40,000 bags of palay scheduled in the first milling last month.
As of July 2019, NFA-Kalinga has procured 95,453 bags of palay.
For its rice milling operation, NFA finds a local contract-miller at an average milling recovery of 63.02 percent.
Moldero explained that rice produced from their palay procurement shall now be exclusively distributed to local government units as calamity stock. This after the agency's mandate has been re-defined. However, NFA would still act as government's source of cheap quality rice but to selected retailers using its stock of imported rice.
Based on the latest inventory, the provincial station has 35,180 bags of imported rice.
With the province's daily rice consumption requirement of 2,120 bags, the current supply can last until the next harvest, he said.
Moldero disclosed that they have started ahead their milling operation to unclog their warehouses so that they can resume palay procurement as farmers in Rizal municipality started to harvest their palay this month.
NFA buys good dry palay at P20/kg. while traders offer P8-12/kg. here. (JDP/LL-PIA, Kalinga)