NFA: No rice shortage in Pangasinan this year

January 16, 2012 11:43 pm 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 16 – The National Food Authority (NFA) does not foresee any rice shortage in Pangasinan this year though the province and the rest of Region 1 will not get any rice importation for the whole of 2012 for the first time in many years.

Juliet Bascos Orias, assistant manager of NFA branch in western Pangasinan, said to date, they have a stock of rice consisting of 334,374 bags, which is enough to supply the needs of the whole of western Pangasinan.

This stock will be enough even if the two NFA branches in Pangasinan (western and eastern) currently supply the needs of the province of Benguet that produces only little quantity of rice for its population.

Orias said that NFA central office did not include Region 1 to benefit from rice importation because "our current stocks are more than enough to supply the requirements of the whole region and Benguet".

Based on statistics from the Department of Agriculture, western Pangasinan has a targeted production of 6.9 million bags, which is 40 percent of the expected production in Pangasinan.

Eastern Pangasinan accounts for 60 percent of the production because of its larger areas for rice farming.

Orias clarified, however, that this target is expected to be realized, barring any destructive flood and drought during the dry months.

For this year, the NFA branch in western Pangasinan targets five percent palay procurement of the estimated palay production. However, in the event that traders will offer lower ex-farm price, NFA will exceed its 50,000 bag target.

Currently, private traders are buying from farmers at the rate of P19 per kilo while the current buying price of NFA is P17 per kilo. (PNA) LAP/lvm/lvmicua/rma

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