Bataan rice retailers want more allocation

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BALANGA CITY: Rice prices from the National Food Authority in Bataan remained the same but accredited rice retailers wanted their allocations substantially increased from 60 to 200 sacks per week.

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Eugene Sagun, one of the rice retailers at the Balanga City public market, said there was no movement in the prices of three varieties of NFA rice that were pegged at P27, P28 and P32 a kilo.

A check at other rice retail outlets in Balanga showed the same price for NFA cereal.

Sagun said he and other accredited NFA rice retailers want to serve the low-income sector with the cheap government rice.

“The allocation for every retailer of 60 cavans a week is insufficient. It should be at least 200 cavans weekly,” he said.

A buyer is allowed only five kilos of NFA rice per purchase. Rice outlets easily run out of stocks especially those priced at P27 and P28 a kilo.

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