Don’t waste rice: NFA buffer stock good for only six days
There may be no plans to legislate a ban on unlimited rice, but the National Food Authority said the agency’s current buffer stock is good for only six days.
NFA spokesperson Mayette Ablaza said the NFA’s buffer stock requirement for June should be for 15 days.
“Our stock is really thin,” Ablaza said.
The NFA reminded the public to avoid wasting rice, noting that every person wastes an average of 2 teaspoons of rice daily or equivalent to 3 million bags of rice in a year – enough to feed the Philippine population for four and a half days.
The approved rice importation of 250,000 metric tons is expected to arrive in July, but Ablaza said it would only mean an additional buffer stock of seven days more.
“Hopefully we can fulfill our mandate with the 250,000 metric tons while private importation will fill in the deficit,” the NFA official added.
Earlier, netizens raised a howl over reports that Senator Cynthia Villar was pushing for a ban on unlimited rice in restaurants.
Villar immediately denied the report: “We don’t have any proposed legislation with regard to unlimited rice. I’m just commenting that we should have a balance diet. We should be moderate in rice and we should eat vegetables.”