NFA buys storm- damaged palay

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The state-run National Food Authority on Wednesday said it has started buying palay damaged by typhoons Karen and Lawin that hit Regions 1, 2 and 3.

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In a statement, NFA Officer-in-charge Tom Escarez authorized its field offices to procure storm-damaged palay (SDP) from individual and farmers’ groups affected by the recent typhoons. NFA field offices are allowed to procure SDP for a period of one month.

The base price for SDP is P11 per kilogram, however this will vary depending on quality specifications such as moisture content, purity, discolored and damaged grains.

“NFA’s SDP procurement is in addition to our intensified buying operations in the 35 surplus areas across the country that the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) identified,” Escarez said, adding that SDP with more than 80 percent damaged and discolored kernels will no longer be bought.

Surplus areas include Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Eastern and Western Pangasinan, and La Union in Region 1; Kalinga, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Allacapan, Ifugao, and Quirino in Region 2; Aurora, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac in Region 3; San Jose and Mamburao in Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Palawan in Region 4; Camarines Sur in Region 5; Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo in Region 6; Biliran and Northern Leyte in Region 8; Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay in Region 9; Bukidnon in Region 10; Davao Oriental in Region 11; North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat in Region 12; Maguindanao in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); and Agusan del Sur in the Caraga Region.

The NFA buys palay at the government support price of P17 per kilogram plus a maximum of P0.70 per kilogram incentives, P0.20 for drying fee, P0.20 for delivery fee and P0.30 for cooperative development incentive fee (CDIF)

Escarez said the funds to be used in SDP procurement will come from the Calamity Fund or the President’s Social Fund.

A the same time, he assured affected farmers that the NFA has the needed funds to buy their SDP using the food agency’s regular cereal procurement fund (CPF) in the meantime that the national government has not yet been remitted calamity funds for this purpose.

He also directed concerned NFA field officials to mobilize their procurement teams, prepare the necessary logistical requirements and coordinate with their local government units (LGUs) and farmers’ organizations in identifying priority areas for SDP procurement.

As of October 24 the NFA has released a total of 25,075 bags of rice to relief agencies and LGUs for distribution to affected families in the typhoon hit areas.

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