PLGU gives NFA funds for warehouse, palay procurement
The local government of Nueva Viscaya gave the National Food Authority (NFA) fund assistance to acquire new warehouses and procure more palay from local farmers.
With the next harvest season fast approaching, the move is part of the provincial government’s interventions in the wake of the implementation of the Rice Tariffication law in the country which affected the farming industry.
Governor Carlos Padilla said the assistance will be used to pay rentals of additional rice warehouses and wages of guards so that the NFA will have stockpiling areas for their continuing procurement of rice from the province’s farmers.
Earlier, Engineer Corazon Pangan, NFA provincial chief said they have stopped their rice procurement program due to the full capacity of their warehouses.
“Opening up additional rice warehouses will help our farmers in selling their products through the NFA. We are also encouraging our fellow Novo Vizcayanos to patrionize our rice products to help our farmers,” Padilla said.
The Rice Tariffication Law supposedly ensures food security by liberalizing rice imports and making farming globally competitive, However, it poses as a threat to the livelihood of local farmers as the influx of imported rice prompted the decline of local palay’s farmgate prices in several regions.