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NFA Starts Buying Palay for Main Cropping Season

17 October 2013

PHILIPPINES - The National Food Authority (NFA) branch in western Pangasinan has started buying palay for the main crop harvest season this year.

In a statement, NFA Provincial Manager Rolando Rufo said NFA is giving farmers a ready market particularly when farm price of “palay” is lower than the government price.

Mr Rufo added the NFA also deployed trucks to pick-up “palay” deliveries of individual famers and farmers’ cooperatives from the designated areas or collection points particularly those in far flung barangays where they could hardly reach the NFA buying stations.

“This is to encourage farmers to sell their produce to the agency to enjoy the benefits given to them,” he said.

NFA buys clean and dry “palay” at P17 per kilo from individual farmers and farmers’ organizations.

To defray harvest cost, NFA grants a drying incentive fee of 20 to 50 centavos per kilo depending on the distance of the farm location from the collection point or NFA warehouse.

Likewise, an additional 30 centavos per kilo Cooperative Development Incentive Fee (CDIF) is given if “palay” deliveries come from farmers’ groups.

Mr Rufo said that NFA in western Pangasinan expects to buy around 385,000 bags from farmers which will serve as the branch’s food security stock to ensure food sufficiency in the area.

Pangasinan, he said, will rely on its own production to serve the rice requirement of its populace.

Meanwhile, Mr Rufo said the branch has now accredited and revalidated 45 farmers’ cooperatives and nine individual farmers.

Further, the office still accepts application and revalidation of farmers’ passbook for individual farmers and farmers’ group to be used in delivering their “palay” to the food agency.

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