NFA wants more farmer participation in MAV rice importation
The National Food Authority (NFA) said there will be equitable distribution of rice imports under the minimum access volume (MAV) to be brought in by the private sector including farmer organizations through an auction.
This new measure was instituted by the agency to ensure that imported rice will be available in all regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao so that it will help stabilize supply and prices nationwide.
The auction was held yesterday at the LANDBANK Plaza in Malate, Manila.
“One of the salient features of the new MAV guidelines is the equitable distribution of imported rice across the country so that our kababayan will have greater access to affordable rice anywhere they live,” NFA administrator Jason Aquino said.
“If we cannot buy our farmers’ produce because we are limited by our low procurement price, we might as well help them become entrepreneurs so that they will also benefit from the profits of rice importation and make them more involved in ensuring food security for the nation,” he added.
Another measure introduced by NFA was stricter eligibility requirements.
As of June 22, 2018, a total of 259 farmer organizations (FOs) and 102 non-farmer organizations have passed the NFA’s qualification requirements and were certified as Eligible to Bid.
A total of 8 lots were auctioned representing allocation on a per area basis in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao per type of organization and per country of origin.
Allocations are based on daily consumption requirement. Luzon was allotted 58 percent, Visayas was given 19 percent and Mindanao got 23 percent.