Thai rice envades Bacolod

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Some 80,000 bags of rice imported from Thailand have arrived at the Bredco port in Bacolod City, the National Food Authority said.

NFA Negros Occidental provincial manager Frisco Canoy said the vessel was initially scheduled to arrive July 8 but was delayed a few days due to bad weather.

Last week, the NFA in Negros Occidental received 2,000 out of the 10,000 bags it borrowed from Iloilo.

“Once the imported stocks arrive in Negros Occidental, the stocks from Iloilo that have been distributed to warehouses in the cities of Bacolod and San Carlos, and Ilog town will be replenished,” he said (

Once unloading and documentation are done, the NFA rice will be distributed to accredited retailers.

This will mean more of the P27-per-kilo NFA rice in local markets, Canoy said.

Meanwhile, Canoy said Negros Occidental may expect another 80,000 bags of imported rice this year, subject to the approval of the NFA head office in Manila.