Zambo NFA to receive last imported rice shipment for 2010

September 7, 2010 10:09 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 7 — The National Food Authority (NFA)–IX expects to receive its final shipment of 150,000 bags of rice this month to complete the 2.24 million bags quota for the year 2010.

NFA Provincial Manager Gaudencio Nuega said this last importation for the year will be aboard the 22th vessel coming from Vietnam anytime of the month.

He said the local NFA received its 21th vessel importation of rice last month.

On record, NFA still has about 810,000 bags of rice stored at the NFA warehouse at San Roque Barangay and in two rented warehouse: Rojo and Zamboanga City Holding warehouses.

Nuega said the 810,0000 plus the arrival of 150,000 bags of rice will bring to a total of 960,000 bags of rice still available until the end of the year.

The Zamboanga Peninsula region, comprising the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Zamboanga, Dipolog, Pagadian and Dapitan consumes about 7,228,000 bags of rice.

Rice farmers in the region harvest about 10 million bags of palay (raw unmilled rice) annually. When milled, the 10 millions bags of palay is equivalent to about 6,500,000 bags of rice for consumption.

Thus the importation of 2.24 million bags of rice ensures that the rice consumption for the peninsula region is properly provided for.(PNA)



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