PALAY FARMERS URGED TO AVAIL OF SUBSIDIZED BUYING PRICE
KORONADAL CITY -- The city government advised palay farmers here to sell their harvests to the National Food Authority (NFA) in the wake of the declining commercial buying price in the area.
Emelita Miguel, head of the City Agriculture Office, said Monday that farmers could avail of the subsidized prices being offered by the food agency that are way higher than those of local private traders.
Farmers and local government officials earlier raised alarm over the decreasing prices of commercial palay in recent weeks in the city and other parts of South Cotabato, reaching as low as PHP14 a kilo.
Miguel said farmers could get as much as PHP20.70 a kilo from the NFA based on the additional incentives that the agency currently offers.
"They assured us that they have enough funds to buy the palay produce of our farmers," she told reporters.
The city government has already issued 50 certifications to local palay farmers as required by the agency, she said, adding that the certification aims to ensure that those selling their produce to the NFA are legitimate farmers and not private traders.
Miguel said they are also providing assistance to farmers for the proper drying of their harvests based on the requirements set by NFA.
"DA is currently working on the opening of drying facilities in NFA buying stations that could be used by palay farmers," she said.
For the hauling of palay to the buying stations, she said the food agency will be deploying additional mobile procurement trucks in several barangays.
Miguel said the NFA provincial office here has been visiting villages that have harvestable palay to ensure that they would be covered by its procurement program. (PNA)