Gov’t rice stocks gone by April
The National Food Authority (NFA) is seeking for the immediate arrival of the 250,000 tons of rice earlier approved for importation.
NFA Administrator Jason L.Y. Aquino said the state-run grains agency will request the NFA Council — the panel of top economic managers who decide on the regulations on rice — to set the import arrivals earlier than the June schedule it had set.
This, as rice stocks at government depositories, now at about 1.1 million 50-kilogram bags or 56,100 MT, are projected to be empty by end-March.
The agency is set to file a request their requests and submit to the the governing body within the week.
Aquino said he will also make the appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte himself through the help of lawmakers.
The NFA chief, however, clarified that there is no rice shortage in the country.