NFA to buy palay aggresively
The National Food Authority (NFA) said it is fully ready in terms of logistics, funds and personnel to buy as much local palay harvest as possible to beef up its dwindling buffer stock during the summer crop harvest from March to May.
As early as January, NFA’s palay procurement funds had already been remitted to areas expected to start harvesting earlier than the others.
These include Iloilo, Aklan, Bukidnon, La Union, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Batangas, San Jose and Mamburao in Mindoro Occidental, Sultan Kudarat and other areas in Mindanao.
The agency plans to deploy mobile procurement teams in far-flung areas to directly buy palay from farmers. They are instructed to buy even freshly harvested or wet palay based on the respective drying capacities of each NFA provincial and regional office.
Almost all NFA provincial offices and half of its buying stations across the country have mechanical driers and solar drying facilities.
All NFA buying stations will also be opened and utilized during the whole harvest period. Procurement personnel shall be required to render overtime work if necessary, NFA administrator Jason Aquino said.