Bohol has again showed why it is called the “Rice Granary of Central Visayas” after showing the way for rice production output.
A statement from the Capitol’s Effective Development Communication Unit said on Friday the province was cited for being tops in rice production.
The citation was based on a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Department of Agriculture (DA) as presented during Tuesday’s meeting of the the Provincial Development Council (PDC) Executive Committee .
The report said rice production in the province hiked by 54.2 percent from 161,003 metric tons to 248,314 metric tons, representing the bulk of the rice produced in the region.
The report continued the province took the bigger share of the rice production in Central Visayas which improved by 45 percent from 231,982 metric tons in 2016 to 335,420 metric tons in 2017.
DA Regional Director Leo Cañeda gave his congratulations to the provincial leadership and the PDC led by Gov. Edgar Chatto, the regional office of the National Irrigation Administration and the city of Tagbilaran for working hard to ensure the rice production is at the optimum level.
The reports came at the heels of rumors about rice shortages with the National Food Authority having problems with their stocks being distributed to authorized dealers.
Reports said 30,000 sacks of NFA rice arrived in Bohol in the middle of the week.
RICE SUPPLY IN BOHOL STABLE
Rice supply in Bohol has remained stable said the NFA chief in Bohol Ma. Fe Evasco and Boholanos have nothing to fear.
The rice stocks of commercial traders are enough to sustain the needs of the Boholanos for several months, until the next harvest season.
There are enough stocks among commercial rice traders to fill the gaps left by the shortage in stocks of NFA rice but since replenished with the arrival of new stocks last Wednesday.
Evasco said the rice shipment was delayed due to port congestion and unavailability of a chartered vessel for shipment in Cebu City.
The province was allocated with 30,000 sacks of rice, said Evasco. The new stock will help shore up the sagging rice stocks in the province.
However, the stocks the National Food Authority received on Wednesday barely can supply the needs of critical customers such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other disaster relief agencies, said Evasco in published reports.
STOPPED SUPPLY Even with the additional supply, the NFA still unable to distribute to its accredited dealers rice stocks for sale to the public.
Back in Jan 22, the NFA here in Bohol pulled back on its distribution of supply after the stocks fell to 5,000 sacks.
The remaining rice stocks were earmarked for the use of the district jails, DSWD, the local disaster risk reduction offices and the local government units, said Evasco.
Evasco said the NFA will release limited number of rice stocks to retailers, considering the number of sacks in NFA’s possession is not enough.
According to reports, the Bigasan sa Palengke market outlets will get 10 sacks per week while the Bigasan sa Barangay Outlet will get five sacks a week. (DSA with reports from Edcom)