In support of the National Food Authority’s palay procurement program, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has turned over two mechanical dryers to be set up in NFA warehouses in Region 6. Each mechanical dryer has 120 bags capacity per batch, complete with prime mover, 3-phase generating set and all attachments.

The mechanical dryers may be used for free by farmers provided they sell part of their palay produce to the NFA. The farmers will also receive additional drying incentives of P0.20 per kilo.

During the turnover of the agricultural machinery held at the DA Regional Office in Jaro, Iloilo recently, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said farmer cooperatives and associations that sell at least 2,000 metric tons of palay to NFA will be granted farm machinery and equipment as another incentive.

Aside from this, the cooperatives or farmer associations who bring their palay produce to NFA will also be given priority to avail the low-interest bearing Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA). This is a loan program being provided by the DA to qualified farmer cooperatives and farmer associations.

Meanwhile, the NFA assured continuous support to farmers by intensifying its local palay procurement programs. Regional Director for Region 6 Angel Imperial Jr. said the NFA buys palay from farmers at P17 per kilogram with applicable incentives of up to P0.70 per kilogram. ###


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