July 18, 2018: ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol with Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, DA-7 RD Atty. Salvador Diputado and Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero led the launching of the 7th National Rice Technology Forum in Talibon town today. The forum highlights farming technology that allows farmers to be at the field to evaluate, assess and appreciate existing technology during the farming season with the aim to increase production and lower cost. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol reiterated commitment to address high fish price by introducing more fish to Bohol market in the short term financing for fisherfolk, fish farming and cold storage facilities. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol is guest at today's blessing and turnover of 55 fiberglass reinforced plastic pump boats with accessories in Loon town. The 55 boats will be distributed to beneficiaries in 31 coastal barangays of Loon which is part of the P2-M prize of the LGU for being among first 10 to register under Fish Registration (FishR) program of BFAR. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA Sec. Manny Piñol led the ribbon cutting rites to open the Agri-Fair 2018 at the Bohol APC Grounds. The fair will run until July 21, 2018.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

NFA assures enoughrice despite importation cuts
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, September 20, 2012 (PIA)—There’s is more than enough supply of rice stored at National Food Authority (NFA) bodegas even if the national government decided to cut heavily on import volume, assures Bohol NFA manager Maria Fe Evasco.

At the recent Kapihans a PIA, Evasco recalled that the government imported a total of 2.2 million metric tons of rice from the staple producing countries in 2010, one that was drastically cut to 800,000 metric tons by the following year.

This year, the government decided to import only about 500,000 metric tons by securing the 120,000 metric tons from Thailand and Vietnam while allowing private sector participation in the importation pegging a quota of 380,000 metric tons, to supply the country’s need for the staple crop, she said.

But, while non industry people have started airing concerns of possible shortfall in the supply of rice, Evasco assured that none of such will happen here.

She shared that Bohol has a share of the national government procured rice and the supply comes in according to a pre-programmed marketing plan, plus a local procurement program that assures us our bodegas are filled all the time.

“Fortunately, we have a big volume, hold-over inventory plus harvests from palay producing provinces,” that should keep us supplied for a time until the next delivery from out bodegas in Cebu arrive, she added.

Evasco came with NFA Bohol Operations manager Ramon Banluta and acting information officer Jhoel Lim to the Kapihan sa PIA to announce the National Grains Industry Week as well as the NFA’s Anniversary celebrating its 40th year of assuring food security.

To galvanize on the assurance, Banluta used the stir to catapult a plea for Boholano farmers to se their harvests to NFA, which buys their palay at P17.00 or at P17.70 per kilo with premiums for delivered, dried and cooperative member farmer sellers.

The palays also end up milled and stocked at NFA store houses to form part of the local inventory. The same could be mixed with iron fortificants as the government has been into iron supplementation relative to existing laws, according to Jhoel Lim.

These become part of the NFA rice fortification program where the mineral requirement of Filipinos is responded by the I-Rice (Iron fortified), he explained.

The iron fortified rice displays some yellow rice streaks in the pack, please do not sort the yellowish grains out, these are the iron fortified rice that enhances the mineral in your cooked rice, Lim suggests.

Some people might think these are dirty, these yellow colored grains are the ones that are strewn in a bag to increase its iron content, according to Evasco. (30/hd)

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