Sun. Nov 17th, 2019

Palawan has adequate rice supply for Christmas

Out of the total target of 77,000 bags of palay, the local NFA was only able to purchase 4,863 from farmers in municipal rice granaries (File photo)

The National Food Authority (NFA) assured Palaweños that there is enough rice supply until the rest of the year.

Ma. Lewina Tolentino, NFA provincial manager, said Wednesday that they have enough buffer stocks in their warehouses to supply consumers, especially during times of calamities and emergencies.

“We have enough inventory considering that another shipment is expected to arrive anytime this month and we have adequate support for the Calamian group of Islands,” Tolentino said.

Aside from the remaining buffer stocks of the agency, Tolentino added the third shipment of imported rice will arrive in Palawan on the third week of December to supply mainland municipalities and Puerto Princesa City.

Tolentino said they are now working to ensure the availability of the NFA rice to the public.

“We have rice stocks being sold to the market and to the major markets being monitored by NFA employees,” she added.

The mainland of Palawan received the first batch of 20,000 imported bags on July 22 while the second batch arrived on September 23.

Coron town received the same volume of imported rice bags on August 28 at the port of the town to be supplied in municipalities of Busuanga, Coron, Culion, and Linapacan.

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