NFA pushes for comprehensive plan for 2018 to 2019
National Food Authority Administrator (NFA) Jason Laureano Y. Aquino said it is important for the agency to push for a comprehensive, pragmatic and focused plan for the next two years, particularly on rice buffer stocking for food security, and quality and prudent stock management, among the agency’s regional economists.
This, as the state-run grains agency holds a four-day planning workshop to discuss the NFA’s thrusts and directions for 2018 to 2019.
“We will strictly observe good warehouse keeping practices to ensure good quality stocks. We shall prioritize our relief activities during calamities and emergencies where we have to fulfill our standing rice loan agreements or commitments with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council(NDRRMC), Local Government Units (LGU) and other relief agencies,” Aquino said.
To dispel the notion that NFA is selling inferior quality rice, Aquino reiterated the standing order that there should be no deteriorating stocks in NFA warehouses.
“We shall continuously implement the First-In First-Out policy in the replenishment of our stocks,” Aquino said.
The Administrator also said that NFA must integrate in its plan intensified palay procurement activities to build up the NFA buffer stocks.
He suggested that NFA must revisit its SOP on procurement to have more flexibility in buying storm-damaged palay during wet season, in line with the government’s thrust to be more responsive to the adverse effects of climate change.