CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Bulacan is now flooded, but not water coming from dams but rice coming from National Food Authority (NFA) with P32 per kilo.
Elvira Obana, the NFA-Bulacan manager, said that 60,800 sacks of rice imported by the government have already arrived in its warehouses in Bulacan as of Thursday.
These rice are now being made available to all public markets and accredited rice retailers in Bulacan, Obana pointed out.
With the replenishment of its rice stocks, the NFA-Bulacan launched yesterday 36 Bigasan Bayan in the 21 towns and three cities of Bulacan with a rice allocation of 50 sacks to 100 cavans per day depending on its capacity to sell to the consuming public.
On the other hand, the rice allocation to the 300 NFA- accredited rice retailers were increased to 30-40 sacks compared to the previous 10 to 20 sacks that were later sliced down to five to 10 cavans.
With the increased rice allocation to the accredited rice retailers plus that of the Bigasan Bayan, Bulakenyo rice consumers are now assured of ample supply of cheap rice, Obana noted.
She also explained that the grain agency would sell its rice to accredited traders at P1,500 pers sack or P30 per kilo that should be sold to the consuming public at P32 per kilo leaving the traders a gross profit of P2.00 per kilo or P100 per sack.
Meanwhile, National Food Authority (NFA) in Central Luzon said on Wednesday some 200,000 cavans of palay are now being milled daily in 100 rice mills at the Intercity Complex in Bocaue, Bulacan.
This was reported by the NFA which, along with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), held an unannounced visit to the rice mills earlier this week. Officials of the two agencies were accompanied by policemen and agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Intercity Neighborhood Association President Eduardo Escalante said the overwhelming applications for milling of palay was an indication that the country had enough supply of rice this harvest season.
Obana said that farmers are now on their second or third harvest of palay that will significantly augment rice supply.
She added the local harvests would be on top of the 120,000 cavans of imported rice intended for Bulacan consumers, even as she noted that the NFA has already approved minimum access volume for importation by the private sector. (RONDA Balita Online News)