The National Food Authority (NFA) assures that rice stocks in Batanes are sufficient and prices remain stable after the area was hit by Typhoon Ineng.
NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay said on Thursday that Batanes has a total of 7,436 bags in its warehouse in Basco town, which could last for 70 days based on the province food security stock requirement of 150 bags a day.
The commercial rice stock inventory stands at 1,750 bags with prices ranging from P60 to P68 per kilogram.
Batanes, a small group of islands in the uppermost part of Northern Luzon, is highly dependent on NFA for its rice requirements. Palay production in the province is very low because of its topography. It is also considered a critical area as it is frequented by typhoons.
NFA-Batanes Officer-In-Charge Joel Tuazon said the province has a total rice requirement of 28,000 bags as food security stocks for 2015. The rice stocks are shipped through available commercial vessels.
Tuazon said that the province has a total of 198 accredited rice retailers, which serve as NFA’s conduit in providing affordable rice.