By Oliver Samson
Eliseo Caliwag, NFA provincial manager, said the agency has prepared enough buffer to last until the first quarter of 2013.
“We have 76,316 bags of ready-to-mill palay and 12,567 bags of milled rice,” he told Manila Standard, noting that additional procurement until December of about 150,000 bags plus stocks in NFA warehouses will pool 94,673 bags of milled rice.
“Rice traders are also taking in more palay with farmers keeping enough for their household before selling their grains,” Caliwag said, adding that it has more irrigated lands than Samar and Masbate.
The NFA rice average daily sale last month is only 400 to 500 bags, Caliwag said, noting that the pooled supply would cover 189 days or six months and one week.
“That is an indication that we have sufficient rice in the province,” he said
The year’s second harvest in September and October provide a steady margin, Caliwag said, even as some localities have a third harvest.
He said stocks bought abroad by the agency are alloted to non-rice producing and supply-deficient places.
“Here in Sorsogon, if our product will not go outside the province we always have surplus of rice,” Caliwag said. “However, traders take it to Masbate and Samar.”