‘Bukbok’ rice cleared by quarantine bureau
National Food Authority (NFA) said the so-called ‘bukbok bigas’ or the imported rice that were infested by weevils and was purchased by the state-run grains agency are now safe for human consumption.
This, after the Plant Quarantine Service (PQS) of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) in Region III has already cleared the 132,400 bags rice shipments docked at the Subic Bay Freeport from weevil infestation after it was fumigated.
PQS Regional Manager Ronnie M. Manuel issued the certification that the rice shipment from Thailand is already fit for human consumption after it was treated by SSI Chemical Applications, Inc., a BPI accredited fumigator.
The 132,400 bags rice shipment is part of the 160,000 bags allocated for distribution in Central Luzon.
This will beef up the inventory of NFA rice in the agency’s warehouses in Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales, Tarlac, Bataan and Aurora.
Right now, NFA plans to increase its market participation from 10 to 20 percent as the demand for low-priced rice increases.
With more outlets selling NFA rice, ordinary consumers will have more sources of low-priced but quality rice. This will give consumers from the marginalized sector a reprieve from the rising cost of basic commodities including rice.