SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) - - Provincial Manager Frisco B. Canoy of National Food Authority met the farmers in Culasi, Antique members of the VALGREBUJABIMALAN-SALCON IA, Inc during their General Assembly Meeting recently.
He cited their big contribution to the food security program of the government being one of the top 10 farmer’s association with huge volume of palay delivered to NFA warehouse.
VALGREBUJABIMALAN-SALCON IA, Inc is an irrigator’s association with more 179 members from the barangays of Valderama, San Gregorio, Buhi, Janlagasi, Bita, Malacañang, San Antonio, San Luis and Condez.
In 2016, the IA ranked fifth best performing association with their palay deliveries totalling to 1,137 bags, said Lorelyn Bayog, Information Officer, NFA.
The IA President Gilbert A. Casiano, is also the Provincial Farmers Association Council President who networked with NFA for the palay procurement program of the agency.
Canoy encouraged farmers during their assembly meeting to continue selling the produce to NFA to ensure availability of stocks in times of emergency and during calamity.
He explained the importance of good quality palay in the buffer stocking procedure of NFA. Dry and good quality palay does not easily deteriorate when kept in storage. NFA also buys wet palay subject to the capacity of NFA dryers.
Farmers' organizations are entitled to P0.30/kg. Cooperative Development Incentive fee, (CDIF) P0.20/kg. drying incentive and P0.20/kg. delivery incentive for their palay deliveries to NFA.
The accumulated CDIF could be utilized by farmers ‘organizations (FO) in purchasing post-harvest facilities.
The support of FOs to NFA programs is very vital to the sustainability of the agency and in return, they are assured that NFA has sufficient stock inventory available for the people of Antique.
Canoy also mentioned about the upcoming lifting of Quantitative Restrictions (QR) of rice wherein massive importation of rice may occur.
He suggested to the farmers to find ways and means to upgrade their farming practices by making use of advanced technological farming methods for them to be competitive to other palay producing countries. (NFA/JCM/PSM/PIA6Antique)