Ample supply of rice assured in Pangasinan

May 8, 2009 4:54 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 7 –The National Food Authority (NFA) has assured ample supply of rice in Pangasinan even with the onslaught of typhoon "Emong".

The assurance was made by Ramon Cuaresma, NFA branch manager for western Pangasinan, as the province particularly the western part is now being battered by the typhoon.

The NFA has on hand 590,000 bags of rice stored in different warehouses of the agency in western Pangasinan.

On top of these, Cuaresma said, private traders are keeping 106,000 bags of rice.

On the other hand, household rice stocks were estimated at 1.2 million bags.

This means, Cuaresma said, there are 1.9 million bags of rice in Pangasinan today, which could last for four months or up to the month of August.

By August, he said, farmers will start to harvest rice although the peak of harvest is from October to November yet.

Cuaresma hailed the early start of the rainy season because it will enable local farmers to plant and harvest rice early. (PNA) LAP/lvm/lmmicua/rma

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