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AUGUST 28, 2018 - SOLON: NFA RICE DIVERSION LED TO SHORTAGE

source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

 

 

The rice shortage has hit not only Batanes but also Tawi-Tawi—the northernmost and southernmost provinces, respectively—forcing the administration to divert supply meant for other areas to those hit hard the most, reports reaching the Inquirer showed. Rice supply allocated for other regions has been sent to the Zamboanga Peninsula to ease the severe shortage in Zamboanga City following the surge in the price of the staple to P70 a kilo. The shortfall prompted the city government to declare a state of calamity. Rep. Karlo Nograles, chair of the House appropriations committee, said he found that the National Food Authority (NFA) had sent additional sacks of rice to Zamboanga from stocks meant for Northern Mindanao. Nograles said the diversion of stocks was “very worrisome.”