The National Food Authority will set up a satellite buying station in Candoni town next week, its provincial manager, Procopio Trabajo II, said yesterday.
Trabajo, who assumed his post last week, paid a call on Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson at the Bacolod Government Center yesterday.
He said they are trying to set up buying stations most especially in Southern Negros, where palay farms are located.
The NFA will also check other areas where they could set up more buying stations, he added.
Trabajo said they have teams ready to check Valladolid and San Enrique towns where they have existing warehouses.
They visited the warehouses in Candoni town and Dancalan in Ilog yesterday and talked to the Municipal Agriculture Officer of Candoni, he said.
“We may be setting up buying stations starting next week to be able to be of assistance to our farmers and farmers cooperatives,” Trabajo said.
The NFA in Negros Occidental has set up six buying stations and a mobile-palay buying station for farmers to sell their produce in more accessible areas, Cynthia Luz Chua, NFA senior grains operations, earlier said.
The buying stations are at the Gequillana Warehouse in Ilog, Sanson Warehouse and JJ Warehouse in Bacolod City, Napro Warehouse in San Carlos City, Municipal Level Grains Center in Valladolid, and Gil Montilla Multipurpose Cooperative in Sipalay City, and a mobile team that will travel north to south of Negros, Chua said.
Trabajo said they will set up a satellite buying station in Candoni although he was informed that the prices oftraders there are a little high.
Trabajo said the price of clean and dry palay is about P17 per kilo or more because they give a drying and delivery incentives.
They also give a cooperative incentive development fund to cooperatives that deliver their produce to the NFA buying stations, he said.
To individual farmers, they give a possible maximum of P17.40 and to farmers’ cooperative a maximum price of P17.70per kilogram, Trabajo added.*CGS