NFA assures enough rice supply for NCR

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THE National Food Authority (NFA) has completed the prepositioning of rice stocks and is now awaiting delivery and disbursement in strategic areas across Metro Manila amid the enhanced community quarantine measures implemented in Luzon, the agency said Sunday.

In a report to Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar, NFA administrator Judy Carol L. Dansal guaranteed that there is enough rice supply to meet the requirements of the National Capital Region (NCR) for the next two weeks, with additional supply readily available depending on the demand.

NFA currently has 400,000 bags or 20,000 metric tons (MT) of rice stored in its warehouses around Metro Manila.

Based on NFA data, Metro Manila’s daily rice consumption is at 110,000 bags, with NFA’s market participation pegged at 7%, while the private sector and household inventories were at 93%.

Ms. Dansal said NFA’s market share is expected to increase by 20% once local government units (LGUs) start purchasing their rice needs from government-owned warehouses because of the enhanced community quarantine.

He added that they will prioritize LGUs for the sale of NFA rice.

NFA has also prepositioned 15,000 bags of rice to augment the requirement of Cavite province. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave