OIC-Municipal Agriculturist Sylvia Oaferina

The Local Government of Buhi (LGU-Buhi) considers putting up a National Food Authority (NFA) palay buying station in Buhi, a senior official of the Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO) said on Wednesday.

OIC-Municipal Agriculturist Sylvia Oaferina had raised the concern when interviewed by Councilor Ting Villadares of Good Morning Buhi (live stream program) on the low prices of palay.

There’s palay buying station in the nearby city of Iriga, but establishing our own will ease our farmers’ burden in terms of transportation cost, Oaferina said.

The proposed buying station will be established in the town’s rice granary sector, preferably barangays San Isidro and Sta. Isabel, Oaferina added.

Oaferina said that as of September 30, 2020, the buying price of palay drops at an all-time low P12.00 per kilo. This low price affected the agricultural sector, especially the town’s low-income farmers, who depended on rice production for livelihood.

 Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture delivered to MAO certified seeds to help farmers overcome the palay price drop for the next planting season, Oaferina happily explained.