Duterte orders NFA transfer to Department of Agriculture

NFA returned to Agriculture dept–Palace

Duterte won't abolish NFA Council

"Pero dahil makakain naman ng taumbayan, ang sinabi sa akin ng Department of Agriculture ay pupuwede po iyang ibenta as NFA rice, iyong cheap rice para ma-increase iyong stockpile ng NFA." the Palace official said.

In a Facebook post, Piñol said Duterte ordered Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez to aid in funds to procure more rice, as the President wants the NFA warehouses "filled to the roof". He also dispelled reports that the council would be abolished.

Roque said the Development Bank of the Philippines has requested to be relieved from the council.

"The NFA, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) will be made attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture", he said.

According to Roque, the Chief Executive has approved DBP's request.

Four years ago during the Aquino administration, the NFA, PCA and the FPA were placed under the Office of the President.

Roque said the NFA was authorized to import 250,000 metric tons of rice through the government-to-government (G2G) mode to bolster the rice stock of the country. "Subsequent importation is to be done by government to private or auction and importation will be implemented or supervised by the Executive Council Committee headed by the Office of the President".

Evasco, however, slammed the NFA management for "creating an artificial rice shortage".

"The DA will also offer incentives to farmers by providing drying facilities for free in NFA Buying Stations, loans for cooperatives and associations who will sell their produce to NFA and free tractors, harvesters and other farm equipment to associations who could deliver a certain volume of rice to NFA", Piñol said in the post.

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