Rice bags stored in National Food Authority Palawan warehouse.

The National Food Authority (NFA) said it will open buying stations for unhusked rice in Taytay and Rizal this month as part of the government’s efforts to help local farmers cope with declining palay prices.

Omsundo Guinto Jr., provincial manager said Wednesday that the local agency will open a new buying station in Rizal this week and also one in Taytay next week.

“Nilapit na namin ang aming mga buying stations sa farm lands kagaya sa Taytay meron na kami at saka sa Rizal. Hopefully we can open also a buying station in Bataraza. Well, most and foremost, ‘yung delivery incentive or the delivery na pamasahe is mababa kapag mayroon na buying stations. Pangalawa, mas malapit kami sa kanila,” he said.

The towns of Taytay and Rizal are two of the largest contributing municipalities in the volume of locally procured palay in Palawan.

There has been a national clamor for support to local farmers after rice imports ushered by the rice liberalization policy which drove down local palay prices.

Guinto said that NFA is also considering putting up a buying station in Bataraza once they see the need to open a new one due to possible increase of production.

There is no definite date yet in opening a buying station in Bataraza but Guinto anticipates that it could happen anytime in November.

“Wala pa naman definite na date pero kapag nakita namin na kailangan. Kasi at this moment hindi pa naman talaga kailangan. Kapag nakita na namin na kailangang-kailangan na at masyadong marami na yong deliveries from Bataraza siguro doon kami mago-open,” he said.

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