CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, February 29, 2012 (PIA) – A new 20 thousand cavans capacity (TCC) warehouse of the National Food Authority (NFA) now serves Camiguin province, boosting its storage capacity from 10,000 to 30,000 bags.
It is constructed in a 600 sq. m. lot leased by NFA from the local government and is situated adjacent to the NFA compound within the Government Center in Barangay Lakas of Mambajao town.
Camiguin were among the provinces classified to be critical in terms of rice supply.
Raymundo M. Cotiangco, NFA Provincial Manager said this will help ensure the 30-day requirement of 18,900 bags in the province, without running short.
In his speech during the warehouse inauguration early this month, Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala announced that effective this year, all NFA warehouses will absorb locally produced rice while the private sector takes on the rice importation.
He noted that the NFA is now tasked to undertake massive procurement of farmers’ produce, so that they will be encouraged to produce more, with the irrigation facilities in place. Alcala further stressed that by 2013 the country will attain self-sufficiency in food staples.
Also present during the warehouse inauguration were National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator, Antonio S. Nangel; NFA Assistant Administrator Jose D. Cordero; Camiguin Governor, Judin Jesus M. Romualdo; Department of Agriculture 10 Director, Lealyn A. Ramos; NIA-10 chief, Felix M. Razo; together with all the local chief executives in the province. (PIA 10/NFA Camiguin.)