Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:34
The National Food Authority (NFA) is encouraging local rice farmers to increase their production.
NFA’s 2011 records reveal that the city’s famers only produce 18 percent of rice that is why some of the rice came from neighboring provinces like Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, to as far as General Santos City, Ilo-Ilo, Cotabato and Manila.
NFA provincial manager Gaudencio Nuega Jr. said, of the city’s 98 barangays, only five of these are into rice production. Rice-producing barangays include Manicahan, Talisayan, Curuan, San Ramon and Talisayan. Nuegra said, Zamboanga is not a rice-producing city and can be categorized as “critical” area in terms of rice production.
The rice-eating populace of the city is consuming 6, 196 bags per sack of rice per day, and only 15 percent NFA rice is being supplied by the food authority to the market while 85 percent are commercial rice, Nuega said.
Rice farmers and farmers ‘cooperatives, bring and sell their milled rice to NFA and NFA supplies the market. (PIA9-ZBST)
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