The remaining 1,400 bags account for theprocurement late last year. (With a report from PNA/PN) He also said : “Right now, thewarehouses in Ilog and San Carlos City are almost full.” BACOLOD City – Storage is expected to bea bottleneck for the National Food Authority in Negros Occidental as its palay (unhusked rice) procurementincreases further amid the ongoing harvests. Of which, about 80 percent were procuredunder the new buying price of PHP19 per kilogram. From January to October this year, NFA-NegrosOccidental has procured over 45,992 bags of rice or about P43.6 million intotal procurement. One of the warehouses of the National Food Authority (NFA) in Negros Occidental which serves as a buying station for palay sold by farmers in the province. The NFA provincial office needs additional warehouses as its palay procurement is expected to increase amid the ongoing harvests. NFA-NEGROS OCCIDENTAL “The NFA buying price of P19 perkilogram is still competitive. Thus, local farmers still sell their palay to the NFA,” Canoy said. “This is the first time we havepurchased such huge volume. The harvest peaked in October,” Canoy said. Last year, the NFA procured about P45million worth of palay from farmersin Negros Occidental. The amount translates to 47,392 bags of palay purchased through the three buyingstations, including the 45,992 bags procured from January to October. Current average buying price offered bytraders is P16 per kilogram for dry palayand P14 to P15 for wet stocks. He added that bigger procurement isexpected to continue this month in the province’s three buying stations in thiscity, Ilog town and San Carlos City. On Sept. 13, the NFA started buying atP19, from the previous P17 after the NFA Council recommended the additional P2per kilogram. However, the NFA no longer provided the P3.70 incentives earliergiven to farmers. NFA provincial manager Frisco Canoy saidMonday the bulk of the procurement this year includes palay purchased during the current cropping season, which startedin September.