NFA to intensify palay procurement
National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Laureano Aquino has renewed calls for regions to boost palay procurement activities in order to protect food security against the threats of climate change.
“Although our main goal is to buy clean and dry palay, we should also be flexible in buying storm-damaged palay in line with the government’s thrust to be more responsive to the adverse effects of climate change,” Aquino said in a statement.
“This is to ensure that farmers still get a fair income even in times of calamities, and more especially when they can no longer sell their produce in the market.”
So long as there is a declaration of calamity by the local government unit or the national government, the NFA should adopt this kind of flexibility in buying from farmers, according to Aquino.
As of Oct. 25, the state-run grains agency l was able to procure 80,040 bags of palay, bringing total procurement of unhusked rice since January to 389,282 bags.