Zamboanga Peninsula only has a day’s worth of rice supply left – NFA

Zamboanga Peninsula only has a day’s worth of rice supply left – NFA

FILE PHOTO: Stocks of NHA rice

MANILA, Philippines — Only more than 12,000 bags of NFA rice are available for the entire Zamboanga Peninsula.

The National Food Authority (NFA) said this is equivalent to a single day’s supply for the entire region, or the so-called daily consumption requirement.

Only 12,156 bags can be supplied to three provinces of the region and Zamboanga City.

The NFA is not anticipating any other rice supply aside from the rice importation it expects from other countries.

The agency is expecting 250 metric tons of imported rice in June where 220,00 bags will go to Region 9.

However, NFA Assistant Regional Director Rolando Rufo said that with the help of private retailers and farmers, the agency’s supply of rice might last up to two more months.

“No need to panic. It will be harvest soon anyway,” he said.

Meanwhile, rice laborers of NFA-Zamboanga have encountered problems.

They used to earn up to P350 a day when NFA rice supply was plenty, but they now earn only P100 due to fewer buyers of NFA rice.

Ngayon, wala namang dumarating na ibang bigas. Bumaba din yung income dito sa bodega,” said Alfredo Dinalo, a laborer.

(At present, no other rice supply is coming in. The income at the storage has also gone down.)

“Kapag puno ito [ng bigas], makabahagi kami ng P300 plus,” said a laborer.

(When its full of rice, we can earn P300 plus.)

The NFA admitted that they are controlling the release of rice to the market to save up stocks in case a calamity strikes. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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