Rice shortage forces NFA to cut supply in Zamboaga City
The National Food Authority (NFA) has temporarily suspended the release of rice allocation to local NFA retailers for the past three weeks now due to limited supply.
NFA Provincial Manager Nieves Toca on Friday disclosed that they have limited stocks due to the delay of rice importation by the government.
Toca said they only have 5,000 bags of 50 kilos each at the NFA warehouse and these have been reserved as calamity response by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government.
Toca, however, said they don’t foresee any rice shortage since the NFA only supplies 10 percent of the market demand. There are 300 accredited NFA outlets covering the 98 barangays of this city.
She said they would resume the distribution of rice to the accredited retailers once they have sufficient stocks.
She said they have received at least 18,330 bags of Vietnam rice coming from Cagayan de Oro City. The unloading of rice from the boat completed Friday.
She said they are also scheduled to received next month a total of 220,000 bags of rice from the NFA central office purposely for this city. (PNA)