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Palace official suggests reselling of smuggled rice seized in Zamboanga, Sibugay

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

SMUGGLED RICE: Over 27, 000 sacks of Vietnam rice were seized by the Philippine Navy from a foreign cargo vessel in the waters of Zamboanga Sibugay on Saturday, April 14. (Photo Courtesy: Philippine Navy)

MANILA, Philippines — The National Food Authority is urged to resell the 27,180 sacks of smuggled rice seized from a foreign vessel off the waters of Zamboanga Sibugay last Saturday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque suggested that the NFA may offer the rice shipment to markets at a cheaper price.

“Kung hindi nga lang po bigas iyan, that should be up for destruction din. Pero dahil makakain naman ng taumbayan, ang sinabi sa akin ng Department of Agriculture ay pupuwede po iyang ibenta as NFA rice, iyong cheap rice para ma-increase iyong stockpile ng NFA.” the Palace official said.

(Had it not been rice, it should have been up for destruction also. But because it is suitable for public consumption, the Department of Agriculture has told me it can be sold as NFA rice, the cheap rice, to increase the NFA’s stockpile.)

The NFA is still awaiting the replenishment of its rice buffer stock of 250,000 imported rice which is set to arrive in May.

The seized shipment on board MV Diamond 8 is valued at P68 million pesos. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Piñol orders NFA to purge co-ops list, probe erring workers

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

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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NFA procures 1.26M sacks of palay from local farmers in Q1

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Food Authority (NFA) has increased its procurement of local farmers’ yield in the first quarter of 2019 by 6,149% higher than last year.

According to the agency’s first quarter report, the NFA has procured a total of 1.26 million sacks of palay from local farmers, from January to March.

This is way higher from the mere 20,540 bags procured in the same period last year.

NFA Officer-in-Charge Tomas Escarez noted that the agency was able to offer a much more reasonable deal with the local farmers.

“We are not surprised though because March is the start of the summer crop harvest and we were able to capitalize on our higher incentives versus the low buying price of palay traders.

While traders reduced their buying price to as low as P14.00/ kilogram, we on the other hand increased our buying price up to P20.70/ kg for clean and dry palay,” Escarez said.

Based on the NFA data, highest palay procurement as of March 31 by the NFA branches were recorded in Tarlac, Isabela, Occidental Mindoro, North Cotabato, Nueva Ecija, Sultan Kudarat, Bulacan, Bataan, Cagayan and Ilocos Norte.

Meanwhile, Escarez said the agency is now preparing for more palay procurement in the next two months in view of the dry season.

NFA also increased its previous target of palay procurement from 7.78 million bags to 14.46 million bags for 2019.

This is in accordance with the NFA’s new functions under RA 11203 or the Rice Trade Liberalization Law.

“NFA will continue to serve our farmers by buying their produce to ensure a reasonable return for their harvest especially now that farmers are suffering from the effects of El Niño and private traders are buying low,” Escarez said.

According to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the locally produced rice will be out in the market by August when the stocks of imported rice are expected to be consumed. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula up by 81%

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose to 81 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 9. Cases had reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019.

Based on the report of the DOH 9, Zamboanga City reported 719 dengue cases, a 213% increase compared to the same period last year which recorded 230 cases. Zamboanga del Norte, on the other hand, recorded 499 cases which is a 222 percent increase from last year’s 155 cases.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga Sibugay recorded 175 dengue cases; Isabela City , Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur with 251.

READ: DOH: even a little water can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes

The DOH reminds residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue and work on controlling the mosquito population.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously said, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”—Aileen Cerrudo

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