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Villar wants scrutiny on NFA rice shortage, status of nation’s food security
04:17:22 PM | Monday, February 12th, 2018

Author: Pathricia Ann V. Roxas

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Senator Cynthia Villar has sought for a Senate inquiry into the reported insufficient supply of rice at the National Food Authority (NFA), as well as a review on the role of the agency in ensuring the country’s food security.

Villar filed Senate Resolution No. 608 on Tuesday in a bid to find out how the NFA rice supply dwindled to just two days-worth.

“There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public, and NFA in fulfilling its administrative capabilities to respond to the need of the people,” Villar wrote in her resolution.

Villar noted that the NFA policy-making body “determines the rice importation program, including placing caps on imports to ensure fair trade.”

Earlier, an Inquirer report stated that there is a low buffer stock at the NFA.

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