Ship loaded with NFA imported rice arrives in Subic
Some 10,000 metric tons of rice, which the National Food Authority (NFA) has imported from Vietnam, arrived in Subic Port, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said Tuesday.
Pinol said he received a text message Monday night from NFA Administrator Jason Aquino informing him that the 10,000 MT of rice were already being unloaded from one of the first two vessels.
He said the other vessel carrying 5,000 MT of rice was also unloading the cargoes in Surigao.
The remaining 235,000 MT of rice are expected to arrive in the country within a day or two, Pinol said, quoting Aquino.
He said the imported rice from Vietnam will be sold at P27 to P32 per kilo.
“The arrival of the fresh stocks of imported rice finally ends months of absence of the government-subsidized rice in the market which is preferred by low-income families,” the Department of Agriculture (DA) chief said.
The NFA ran out of stocks of subsidized rice for about two months after a controversy between NFA and the NFA Council then led by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. cropped up.
The issue on whether to import rice or not was only settled after President Rodrigo Duterte sided with Aquino on the need to buy the product from abroad.
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