13 January 2014

Enough staple for Central Luzon in 2014 -- NFA Region 3

CABANATUAN CITY -- The National Food Authority in Central Luzon yesterday gave assurances of enough supply of rice for this year with the arrival earlier this month of the region’s imported rice allocation at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) port.

In a statement, NFA Region 3 said around 500,000 bags (25,000 MT) of Vietnam rice arrived last week via the vessel MV Voge Fiesta while another vessel, MV Vinh Phuoc, will arrive later this month, carrying some 225,000 bags (11,250 MT) of Vietnam rice.

Of the total volume, Region 2 will be allocated 200,000 bags while the provinces of Central Luzon will get the 525,000 bags, it said.

According to NFA-Region 3 Director Amadeo De Guzman, the imported rice from Vietnam is part of the 500,000 metric tons additional imported rice sought by the agency through the government-to-government import scheme.

The Vietnam rice is meant to augment the current rice stocks which were badly affected due to the successive calamities that hit the country in 2013.

De Guzman added that the rice importation along with the planned aggressive palay procurement of the agency will build enough rice stocks to address the region’s rice consumption for this year.

He further stressed that the agency’s rice stocks are all of highest quality because they regularly conduct monitoring of their stocks based on the required regulations and standards. (Steve A. Gosuico, Journal)