NFA: Cheaper commercial rice from Nueva Ecija to be sold in Metro Manila
Rice traders from Nueva Ecija started Monday delivering rice to Metro Manila to be sold at P39 per kilogram in the market.
The National Food Authority (NFA) said about 10 trailer trucks from Nueva Ecija have brought sacks of rice to NFA Visayas Warehouse for distribution to accredited retailers.
Some five to eight other trucks would directly deliver to designated market destinations.
The rice from Nueva Ecija is of good quality and could be bought for P39/kg in the National Capital Region (NCR) markets, NFA said.
“Several pilot ‘service outlets’ will start selling the low-priced commercial rice in Baclaran and Quezon City markets. In Quezon City, service outlets will open in Commonwealth, Litex, Silangan, Payatas and Tondo Talipapa. All other NCR markets will sell the same variety and price of rice starting April 18,” it said.
The service outlets shall be marked by a tarpaulin streamer dubbed “Tulong sa Bayan” and the price and rice variety being sold.
According to NFA, the distribution of rice from Nueva Ecija to Metro Manila is a joint project of the Office of the President, the Confederation of Grains Retailers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (GRECON), the Philippine Confederation of Grains Associations (Philcongrains) and NFA.
GRECON national president James Magbanua said they might limit sale of the rice to 3 kilograms per customer per day in order to stretch supplies to serve as many consumers as possible.
The traders commit to continue their “Tulong sa Bayan” until NFA rice is once more available in the market.
The NFA earlier admitted that its buffer stock has been depleted.
It is still finalizing the terms of reference for the immediate importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice approved by President Rodrigo Duterte to bring back the P27 and P32/kg NFA rice into the markets nationwide.
The Nueva Ecija Rice Millers Associations previously committed to provide 100,000 bags of commercial rice in critical areas like Metro Manila at a retail price of P39/kg. #
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