Philippines Stocks Up Food Supply Amid Nuclear Radiation Fear

By Joel C. Atencio, PNA

The National Food Authority (NFA) on Thursday assured consumers of enough food and rice supply amid disaster threats, including the nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan.

NFA Administrator Lito Banayo said the government has more than enough food security stocks to last for 48 days. He even said that the “kamote” or sweet potato is abundant everywhere in the country.

He made the pronouncement during Thursday’s edition of Talking Points aired over DZRB (Radio ng Bayan), hosted by broadcast journalists Alan Allanigue and Grace Refama-Simando. The radio show is produced by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO)

Banayo said President Benigno S. Aquino III even assured this during last Tuesday’s food security meeting at Malacañang. “We assessed that there is no food crisis,” he said.

In the latest stock inventory report, Banayo said there are still 1.6 million metric tons or 32 million sacks of rice in all NFA warehouses nationwide. He said a household can consume an average of 10 kilos of rice in a week.

In Palawan alone, there are 107,248 bags of rice and 294,961 bags of palay distributed in 13 warehouses both in the north and south of the province.

The province, including Puerto Princesa City, has a daily rice requirement of 7,480 bags.

Banayo said the country’s rice stocks are positioned strategically to give consumers ready access to rice supply, protect them from any unwarranted increase in price and also as buffer supply in times of emergencies or disasters.

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