CAGAYAN de Oro City--Close to a hundred thousand bags of rice have arrived in a local port from Vietnam as the National Food Authority-10 (NFA-10) has allayed fears of rice shortage in the market.
Workers arrange sacks of imported rice from Vietnam at an NFA warehouse in Barangay Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City yesterday. photo by gerry lee gorit
NFA-10 information officer Hazel Belacho said Friday 4,600 metric tons or 92,000 bags of long grain well-milled Vietnam rice arrived in the seaport of Cagayan de Oro on board the boat MV Truong Loc. 16 on June 12. Unloading of the imported rice was finished early this week.
Belacho said region’s imported rice allocation for this year is 280,000 bags which will be delivered to Northern Mindanao in two batches.
Included in the delivery are the 40,000 bags intended for Marawi City.
Expected to arrive in the next few days are two more Vietnamese vessels, namely, MV Zircon V. 1806, containing 7,700 metric tons or 154,000 bags, and MV Hai Ha, loaded with 3,700 metric tons or 74,000 bags.
The 320,000 bags for Northern Mindanao and Marawi form part of the 250,000 metric tons of imported rice purchased under the government-to-government procurement scheme, which was awarded to Vietnam and Thailand, Belacho said.
As of Friday, June 22, all the 92,000 bags are now stored at the NFA warehouse in Baloy, Barangay Tablon, this city, and ready for distribution to the region’s five provinces, she said.
The second batch of imported rice, about 100,000 bags, will arrive sometime August to replenish the agency’s stock in time for the “lean” months where rice is scarce.
She said the NFA has reminded consumers that the rice they are selling through their authorized retailers are sold at P27 and P32 per kilo.
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