The National Food Authority in Negros Occidental is set to open three more buying stations in Valladolid town, Sipalay City, and a mobile team but this will depend on the procurement demand, NFA assistant manager Jobe Chua said yesterday.
Chua said the three stations are the MLGC-Valladolid, Gil Montilla Multipurpose Cooperative, and the mobile team.
MLGC will cater to farmers of La Castellana and other towns in Northern Negros. Gil Montilla MPC will serve farmers of Sipalay City and Hinobaan town, while the mobile team will accept truckload orders in central and southern Negros, he said.
The existing NFA warehouses and buying stations are the Gequillana Warehouse in Dancalan, Ilog, NPRO Warehouse in San Carlos City, SanSon Warehouse in Brgys. Mandalagan, and JJA7 Warehouse at the Reclamation Area, both in Bacolod City.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Luz Chua, NFA senior grains operation officer, said they will now start buying clean and dry palay with 14 percent moisture content and 95 percent purity from individual farmers and farmers’ cooperative.
Buying price for individual farmers is P17.30 while buying rate for farmers’ cooperative is P17.70, Chua said.
As of yesterday, NFA procured 1,843 bags of palay from individual farmers and 8s72 bags from farmers’ cooperative. She said the influx of palay procurement will start at the last quarter of 2011.*LTG