DAGUPAN CITY — The National Food Authority (NFA)-Western Pangasinan is now ready to buy palay this first crop harvest season.
Provincial Manager Ramon Cuaresma of NFA-Western Pangasinan said this is in support of the administration’s thrust to give the farmers a ready market of their produce.
“It also seeks to realize a better profit margin particularly when the ex-farm price of palay is very much lower than the government price,” Cuaresma said.
NFA has been buying clean and dry palay at the support price of P17.00/kilogram (kg) plus P0.20/kg drying incentive; P0.20-P0.50/kg delivery incentive depending on the distance of the farm to the collecting point or NFA warehouse; P0.30/kg Cooperative Development Incentive Fund for Farmers’ Organizations/Associations/Cooperatives; and the P3.00/kg Buffer Stocking Incentive (BSI).
“The Agency has added the BSI to intensify palay procurement operations and encourage individual farmers, farmers’ cooperatives/associations to deliver palay to the NFA,” he added.
Cuaresma said farmers’ organizations and individual farmers may deliver their palay produce to the following warehouses: Alaminos GID Warehouse in Brgy. Pandayan, Alaminos City; Mangatarem GID Warehouse in Brgy. Umangan, Mangatarem; Ferrer Warehouse in Brgy. Maniboc, Lingayen; and Unique Warehouse in Brgy. Malabago, Mangaldan.
Meanwhile, he assured the public that all its rice stocks stored in strategically-located warehouses in Western Pangasinan are maintained in good condition at all times and ready for release for any emergencies.
He added that the NFA-Western Pangasinan will maintain a safe and sufficient buffer stock for its consumers and will continue to support the farmers through continuous buying of their palay produce.
For inquiries on the palay procurement, interested farmers’ organizations and individuals may contact NFA-Western Pangasinan office in Lingayen town at 542-4154 and 542-4366.