NFA opens buying stations in San Fernando, Cabanglasan

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MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/29 October) The National Food Authority-Bukidnon cited that the opening this year of additional palay buying stations in the towns of San Fernando and Cabanglasan helped small farmers in the area, Victoria Real-Duray, provincial manager said.

In her recent letter to Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan, Real-Duray said that in these two stations NFA was able to classify grains and paid the farmers immediately.

The new stations were opened in August and September this year to address the peak procurement of palay in the two towns, which are also rice-producing areas, Ma. Socorro Mellomida, NFA Bukidnon public information officer, told Bukidnon News.

But she clarified that the buying stations, located in Nam-nam in San Fernando and Townsite in Cabanglasan, are only satellite stations. The two buying stations will be closed on off-peak season, she added. The Nam-nam station operates with a six-ton mechanical dryer.

NFA- Bukidnon runs permanent palay buying stations in Aglayan, Malaybalay City; Valencia City, Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon; Maramag town proper; Kalilangan; and Wao, Lanao del Sur.

Mellomida said in addition to the permanent and satellite stations, they also used mobile buying stations so they will be able to address their target.  Of at least 60,000 bags of 50-kilogram per sack palay, NFA Bukidnon was able to buy only 12,500 bags for September and October.

They also reported to have bought 2,326 bags of white corn grains for the same period.

Real-Dulay cited that the satellite buying stations form part of their Grains Procurement Strategies to help farmers. She cited that they also simplified the requirements on the issuance of NFA passbook used on transactions with the NFA. NFA also increased the delivery incentive fees for those who bring their products to the buying stations instead of wait for pick up by NFA trucks.

She added that in Bukidnon they served the farmers especially in the height of continuous rains with seven mechanical dryers in operation seven days a week to buy wet palay.

The NFA, which has a mandate on food security and stabilization of grains supply and prices, celebrated 40th year in operation on September 26. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon