NFA told to explain delay in delivery of imported rice, weevils infestation
Malacañang wants the National Food Authority (NFA) to explain “a lot of things” such as the delay in rice importation as well as the weevils infestation in 330,000 bags of imported rice.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a TV interview that while NFA already assured that there could be some remedies for the weevils infestation, the government could still not accept what happened and that the state-run grains agency has a lot of explaining to do.
Weevil is a type of beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily.
“Ang hindi nga namin maintindihan, eh bakit kasi napakatagal naman kasi ibinaba iyang inangkat na bigas na iyan,” Roque said.
“Ang sinasabi nila ay dahil daw po sa patuloy na pag-ulan. Pero sa tingin ko marami pa ring talagang dapat i–explain ang NFA kung bakit natagalan sila,” he added.
Roque said that it’s also unacceptable that the government had spent P6 billion for a supply that is infested with pests.
However, at the end of the interview, he did not specify who will be held responsible for the incident.