MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is not satisfied with the current price of commercial rice in the market.
Based on reports, the lowest price of rice remains at P36/kg.
Thus, the National Food Authority Council has decided to release the remaining 3.6M bags of rice which the NFA previously imported.
The agency has one month to do it.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar believes that by doing so the price of commercial rice will drop to P32/kg.
“We would like to believe that by flooding the market with 3.6 million bags of imported rice will further have an impact in terms of lowering the prices in the market,” Dar said.
The DA is also coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in relation to the P600 monthly rice allowance being provided to the beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
Dar proposed that instead of cash, the DSWD may provide the beneficiaries rice package from NFA’s procurement of local farmers’ yield.
The DA chief said this will help the farmers given the DSWD’s P28B budget next year for rice allowance.
Meanwhile, the NFA has increased the support price for dried palay to P19/kg from P17/kg.
The NFA removed, however, the incentives that the farmers receive for drying their harvest which amounts to P3.70/kg.
Despite this, Dar is confident that the farmers’ income will increase by P8,000 for each hectare of harvest. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday told the Department of Agriculture, through the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy palay (unhusked rice) from local farmers at a reasonable price.
Duterte gave the directive in a bid to help farmers recover from low palay prices and cope with the effects of the Rice Tariffication Law.
“In a democracy, officials are elected and their duty is to do the greatest good for the greatest number. You have seen people going wild, others hungry because there is no rice,” the president said in a press conference in Malacañang.
“What the solution should be or will be for the Secretary of Agriculture to buy all, magkano ba presyo nila? Magkano presyo nila, bilhin natin,” he added.
Some farmers from Ilocos and Central Luzon regions have complained about low palay prices as the price of the staple dipped from P21 to P7 per kilogram.
Farmers have blamed this on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law, which they said impacted heavily on local palay prices.
But the President said the tariffication law was passed to serve the greater interest of the majority of the people.
The government does not waste an industry and the President said his administration is “helping an industry.”
“Are we wasting money? No. We are not wasting an industry. We are helping an industry,” he said.
Following his directive to the NFA, the chief executive reminded local farmers to refrain from demanding palay price and that they should be willing to compromise.
“You arrive at a compromise of how much you are willing to lose a little bit. Huwag naman ‘yang paano. Medyo tapatan lang basta hindi malugi na ano ‘yung pagod nila but they are compensated,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has started probing farmers’ cooperatives accredited by the National Food Authority (NFA).
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on his social media post on Thursday (May 3) said that some farmer leaders in Central Luzon are complaining against traders who are using the names of inactive cooperatives to be able to sell paddy rice to the NFA.
According to the Secretary, traders in Central Luzon buy fresh palay to farmers at P15 per kilogram then sell them to NFA at P20.70 including the incentives.
Piñol emphasized that under the Rice Tariffication Law, the NFA is mandated to buy palay from legitimate farmers and not from traders, that’s why he wants to know if there are bogus cooperatives included in the NFA’s list.
Meanwhile, the Secretary said the price of NFA rice in the market remains— and should stay— at P27 per kilogram.
“The president has given a directive that NFA should continue selling at P27 even if the rice that we will be using were already be the local rice,” Piñol said.
He said the NFA’s buffer stock of imported rice will be enough until September.
By then, local farmers will supply rice and low-priced rice will remain in local
The NFA has already purchased up to three million bags of palay from January to April this year.
The agency targets to procure up to 30 million bags of palay through the entire year. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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