The local office of the National Food Authority (NFA) said recently the expected arrival in June of 40,000 bags of rice from the country’s import has been delayed and moved to July.
NFA Palawan assistant provincial manager Cesar S. Gonda said the delay was due to the late arrival of the barge carrying 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice buffer stocks from Vietnam.
“Kaunting tyaga na lang at darating na ang ating supply dito sa probinsya ng Palawan. Kapag dumating na ay asahan niyo meron na kayong mabibiling murang bigas sa ating mga pamilihan. Wala pang specific date kung kailan darating sa Palawan, pero dumating na sa Batangas ‘yong bigas. July sigurado ‘yon darating na ‘yon,” he said.
Gonda explained the NFA rice will not only be sold at a very low price but will help bring down the price of commercial rice in the market.
“Mahahatak ng kaunti [pababa] ‘yong [presyo ng] commercial rice. Siguro dadami na ‘yong line of three (P30 pataas), kasi puro line of four and above [sa ngayon]. Siguro [ang presyong nasa halagang] P35, P36, P37 baka dumami na,” said Gonda.
Gonda added there will be two kinds of NFA rice to be disposed of in the local markets — the “15 percent broken” which will be sold for P32/kilo, and the “20 percent broken” for P27/kilo.
Gonda also said the NFA will sell through their retailers only five kilos of rice for every purchase so they could accommodate more consumers in the province.
He added they had already briefed local retailers on the selling of rice this July.
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