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Mar 22, 2017 @ 17:33

NFA trains Iloilo farmers on rice grains classification

The National Food Authority (NFA) in Iloilo has trained farmers in this province on how to classify rice grains that would pass the quality set by the NFA.

A one-day training-workshop for 12 farmers cooperatives in the third district of Iloilo was conducted Wednesday to help farmers determine rice grains that are acceptable by the NFA.

NFA-Iloilo director Erna Abello said that they have rejected some rice grains delivered by farmers to them because of the quality issue. The rejection sometimes, resulted in “misunderstanding”.

“This time we are preparing them so that they will know what grains should be delivered to us,” she said.

According to Abello, PB1 to PB3 rice grains should have very minimal or zero to only 13 percent amount of damaged and discolored grains.

She said that too much amount of damaged and discolored grains in their buffer stocks would result in poor quality of rice.

Harvest time is expected to start third quarter of this year.

Abello expressed hope that after the harvest, farmers will be able to deliver good quality of rice grains to NFA.

Farmers in the 5th district of Iloilo underwent the same training-workshop last March 2. Abello said that they hope to complete the series of workshops for other farmers in the first, second and fourth district of the province by end of May. (PNA)


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