Davao City rice supply sufficient, says NFA

Subscribe Now January 18, 2012 at 07:58am

The National Food Authority (NFA) Davao assured the public there is enough rice to sustain the city's requirement. NFA manager for Davao City Antonio C. Aranas said their warehouses have 400,000 metric tons of rice enough to meet the requirements of Davao City until the summer harvest in March.

Davao City's daily rice requirement is pegged at 11,260 bags at 50 kilos per bag.

"We don't have a problem because our supply is sufficient," he said.

He also said their inventory does not yet include those with the private traders.

He said rice supply comes from neighboring areas.

Davao City is not rice producing but it is the rice trading center of the region. It is in this city where the volumes of transactions are done, he said.

Aranas said NFA buys rice at P17 per kilo plus an incentive of 20 centavos or a total of P17.20.

Meanwhile, Archilles Rallos of the Davao Food Fortification Task Force said their monitoring of traders introducing iron fortification to rice grains continues even as he admitted they had only covered 40 percent so far.

The iron rice fortification program is embodied in RA 8976 which is supported by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA) and NFA.

The traders, according to Rallos, said many of their customers still opt to buy white rice. Fortified rice that is brownish in color is mixed to milled white rice.

"But we will continue with our task as well as educating both the traders and the consumers," he said.

Source: zambotimes.com

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