National Food Authority (NFA)-10 Regional Director John Robert Hermano urges local farmers to sell their produce to the agency to build the latter’s buffer stock as coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic continues.
Hermano said the agency has never stopped buying palay from farmers. NFA buys palay up to P19.00/kg with 14 percent moisture content.
Amid the restrictions implemented in the region due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, NFA-10 continuously buys palay from farmers to provide a market that would give farmers a fair return on their investment, the regional director said.
He added that NFA-10’s procurement team is striving to build the region’s required “buffer stock” through local procurement.
To ensure that personnel of NFA-10 is safe in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, buying stations strictly implement the minimum health standards as recommended by the Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) of which NFA is a member.
Based on the country’s Palay crop calendar, 30 percent of the total annual production comes from the summer harvest between March and May, while 70 percent is obtained from the main harvest from October to December.
In 2019, NFA-10 was able to procure 506,203 bags of palay, which significantly assisted government agencies’ relief operations. As of October 9, the palay inventory of NFA-10 is at 216,441 bags. (NFA10/PIA10)