DA to provide grains dryers to intensify local procurement of palay
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said to intensify local procurement of palay, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will establish mechanical grains dryers in National Food Authority’s (NFA) buying stations which farmers could use for free.
This, as he issued a memorandum to all Regional Executive Directors (RED) of rice producing regions to identify the NFA buying stations located in strategic areas, which could be prioritized in the Free Grains Drying Program offered by the DA to farmers who will sell their produce to the NFA.
To recall, the NFA has been buying farmers produce at P17 per kilo, a price which could not compete with private traders who buy farm fresh paddy rice at as high as P22 to P24 per kilo.
“During the last meeting of the NFA Council, I proposed that additional incentives be given to farmers and farmers cooperatives who will sell their produce to NFA,” Piñol said. “The added incentives would increase the farmers’ earnings to about P20 per kilo”.