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Palay Procurement in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija (Sept. 30, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 30 September 2021

Satisfied with the efficient palay procurement system in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, Agriculture Secretary William Dar called other local government units (LGUs) to follow suit and implement a similar scheme.

“This is a good model, and I encourage all other LGUs to replicate the same system,” he said.

On September 30, Sec. Dar witnessed Danilo Padilla of San Josep, Laur, Nueva Ecija deliver and sell his wet palay at the Provincial Grain Drying Facility in Palayan City.

Under the province’s procurement system, Padilla was able to sell his harvest at P14.70 per kilo, translating to a total of P88,000 for his initial delivery. He is set to deliver and sell two more batches next week.

According to the Secretary, the going rate price for rice from traders is capped at P13.00/kilo. With the P1.70/kilo buying price difference, a farmer will earn P85.00 more for every cavan he sells.

“This is a noble practice of the local government leaders here who continuously partner with the national government in making sure that the farmers earn,” he said.

Sec. Dar added that the procured palay, once milled are packaged as part of the food packs distributed to residents affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am very happy to have observed this type of procurement, which hopefully will be adapted in other rice-producing provinces,” he added. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)