NFA gears for a bigger role in 2018
Even as early as now, the National Food Authority (NFA) is now gearing for a bigger role next year months after President Rodrigo Duterte has mulled over a plan of giving the agency something else to do than just importing rice.
“The NFA is expected to play a bigger role in 2018 after President Rodrigo Duterte proposed that the agency handles other agricultural commodities aside from rice,” NFA said in a statement.
In November, the NFA management has welcomed Duterte’s pronouncement that he is considering the proposal to give the agency a bigger role in ensuring national food security.
It will be recalled that the NFA was originally established as a grains agency in 1972 to put order to a chaotic grains industry.
With much success in its programs, the agency was reconstituted into a food authority in 1981, with expanded commodity coverage to include other food products.
This gave birth to the Kadiwa convenience stores that served as distribution and marketing arm of government for agricultural produce from across the country.
Following the advice of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Duterte said the NFA could be “the consolidator of products from each region to be repositioned in other parts of the country where these commodities are needed.”
“This means the NFA will once again tap on its previous experience in running a food terminal and convenience stores, and using its nationwide logistics and manpower to handle the distribution of food stocks to stabilize supply and prices while helping farmers gain access to the market,” NFA said earlier.