CABANATUAN CITY – The Nueva Ecija provincial government through its provincial food council is eyeing to put up its own rice mill to be able to help more of the province’s poorest farmers in its palay-procurement program, said Gov. Aurelio M. Umali.
Umali, the PFC’s chair, said the council also decided to approve expanding the coverage of its palay-buying program to include those farmers tilling at least three hectares of rice-lands or less.
Previously, only those farmers having one hectare or less were covered as beneficiaries of the program but because the PFC wanted to help more farmers to be able to avail of the scheme they decided to expand its coverage as the PFC’s palay-procurement operations went full blast starting this month in time for the wet cropping harvest season, said Umali.
So that cheaper rice will be made available to local consumers, the plan to put up a provincial rice mill was also approved by the PFC, the governor added.
“Mas mapapababa ang presyo ng bigas na ibebenta sa ating consumers kung may sariling rice mill ang lalawigan,” said Umali, adding that this so-called “Malasakit Rice” will soon be sold in the local market.
Both decisions were reached by the PFC during its meeting held at the Microtel Suites here on Wednesday.