NFA receives Vietnam rice-A A +A
Friday, August 22, 2014
A TOP official of the National Food Authority (NFA) announced the arrival of 156,000 bags of 50 kilos each of imported rice from Vietnam.
NFA Provincial Manager Gaudencio Nuega said the shipment of rice arrived Tuesday at the local port aboard M/V Bimaru Pearl, a Vietnamese cargo vessel.
He said the imported rice will be sold at P32 per kilo, citing it is of good quality although it is 15 percent broken.
He said the rice that arrived Tuesday is the second to the last shipment of rice for his office for this year.
Nuega said the last batch of rice shipment consisting of 54,000 sacks is scheduled to arrive next month.
At least 30,000 of the 156,000 sacks of rice will be shipped to the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) while the remaining 126,000 will be for Zamboanga City, according to Nuega.
He said rice allocation for BaSulTa this year is 90,000 sacks.
“We already distributed 60,000 sacks of rice (to BaSulTa),” he added.
Meanwhile, Nuega said they will flood the market with NFA rice to cushion the effect of the continued increase in the prices of rice of commercial varieties.
Nuega also warned unscrupulous rice merchants to refrain from selling NFA rice as commercial rice by mixing it with another variety. (Bong Garcia)