The National Food Authority (NFA) in Bohol has pushed for local farmers to sell their palay with the agency in an effort to improve the government rice stock.
In a statement on Thursday, NFA Bohol provincial manager Ma. Fe H. Evasco said the agency has been aggressively engaging with local farmers to sell palay through the “ugnayan”.
The ugnayan is a procurement process intiated by the NFA, which opens also dialogue with Boholano farmers in coordination with Provincial Farmers’ Action Council (PFAC).
Evasco said the agency is ready to accommodate the volume of palay coming from local farmers.
The agency has several buying stations located in in Bay-ang, Ubay; Katipunan, Carmen; and in barangay Mansasa in Tagbilaran.
She bared the government’s buying price for palay is pegged at P17.00/kilogram (clean and dry).
The NFA provides incentives to individual farmers and farmer cooperatives.
Individual farmers can avail of the P0.50/kg maximum delivery incentive and P0.20/kg drying incentive or a total of P17.70 per kilogram.
The farmer cooperatives are given the same incentives with some pluses such as an additional P0.30/kg Cooperative Development Incentive Fee (CDIF) or a total of P18.00 per kilogram.
The CDIF is intended to provide funds for cooperatives which can be availed in the form of post-harvest facilities, farm inputs, and other farm-related purposes.
The delivery fee has also been increased which ranges from P0.20/kg to P0.50/kg depending on the distance of the farm to the nearest NFA buying stations.
Back in February, the NFA stock in Bohol ran low after the delivery of stocks from Cebu got stymied.
The agency had to resort to limiting the release of the government rice stocks to commercial traders and prioritize the needs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the local disaster risk reduction and management councils and other government agencies. (NFA PR)