Negros Occidental will receive 500,000 sacks of rice in the next three months to replenish those distributed to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Panay, National Food Authority Provincial Manager Procopio Trabajo, said yesterday.
Trabajo said NFA allotted 700,000 bags of rice, from the 10,000,000 bags to be purchased from Vietnam to the six provinces in Western Visayas and Negros Occidental got the highest share.
He said the first 100,000 bags will be delivered to Negros Occidental within this month while an additional 200,000 will be sent to the province next month.
Trabajo added that the rest of the bags will be delivered in February next year yet.
NFA in Bacolod had 100,000 sacks of rice, and after the delivery of 15,000 to Panay, they only had 85,000 bags for Negros Occidental. Rice has to be shipped to Panay because Capiz, Aklan and Antique cannot mill, as these areas lack electricity due to the destruction of power lines by the typhoon.
Trabajo said they are also shipping the bulk of locally produced palay to the NFA installation office on Dumangas town, Iloilo for milling. The price of rice in the market have increased only by at least P1, he said.
He added that NFA in Negros Occidental is inviting local farmers to sell their produce to the procurement teams of the agency stationed in the towns of Ilog, Candoni, Cuayan and Hinobaan and the cities of Sipalay and San Carlos.*APN