DA to make available affordable commercial rice on Valentines Day
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that the Department of Agriculture (DA), in partnership with cooperatives, will make available commercial rice as cheap as P38 per kilo on Valentines Day.
“Good quality commercial rice will be sold directly to consumers for only P38 per kilo in front of the Department of Agriculture on Elliptical Road in Quezon City on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day,” Piñol said.
Piñol said farmers’ groups from Central Luzon who have supported DA’s TienDA will be selling rice by the kilo and in 10-kilo and 25-kilo bags. Each buyer will only be allowed to buy a maximum of 25 kilos, which would only cost P950.
The TienDA will open at 8 a.m. and will also offer other agricultural products.
Piñol said the DA decided to launch the TienDA Bigas ng Masa Program following attempts by rice cartels to manipulate the prices of rice in the market by claiming that there is a rice shortage.
“The price of rice in the market has jumped up to as much as P60 per kilo following reports that the National Food Authority (NFA) was running out of buffer stocks,” the DA chief said.
“In offering rice for P38 per kilo, the Agriculture Department would like to prove that the high price of rice in the market is a result of the manipulation by traders and a daylight robbery victimizing consumers,” he continued.