NFA sets up retail outlets within Barangay Food Terminals
The National Food Authority (NFA) said it has reactivated its retail outlets located inside Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs) to make affordable NFA rice accessible to low-income families in the barangay level across the country.
This, as the imported supply from Vietnam and Thailand started coming in.
As of today, NFA said there are 76 NFA rice outlets in BFTs nationwide actively operating and serving at least 500 families.
These outlets get rice allocation from five to 35 bags per week and sell three to ten kilograms of rice per customer.
“The NFA is intensifying is distribution schemes across the country to serve more consumers particularly those who belong to the marginalized sector,” the state run grains agency said.
BFTs are situated in barangays that serve as trading centers to link farm producers directly with consumers.
At present, BFTs are operational in Benguet, Kalinga, Masbate, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, Albay, Cavite, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, General Santos, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Caraga, and some parts of Metro Manila.
Aside from these BFT outlets, the NFA has so far activated two outlets for the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Kidapawan serving 40 to 50 families with an allocation of five bags of NFA rice per week. Each customer is allowed to buy at least five kilogram per day.
There are a total of 19,359 accredited rice retailers nationwide that sell NFA rice at P27 and P32 per kilogram.