BACOLOD CITY, April 24 (PNA) — The National Food Authority (NFA) ran a series of tests Tuesday in nine milling stations located in four local government units in Negros Occidental.
The tests were conducted at DSK, Inc., Elizabeth Rice Mill, Filipinas Abundance Rice Mill, Farmworld Rice Mill, Melanie Rice Mill, and M&E Rice Mill, all in Bago City; NOFAC-New Ubay Rice Mill in Pulupandan town; A.G. Rice Mill in Ilog town; and GMT Rice Mill and Ayala Rice Mill in Himamaylan City.
NFA-Negros Occidental provincial manager Procopio Trabajo II said the testing aims to identify the level of rice recovery of local mills.
Trabajo said their palay buffer stocks require a milling recovery (MR) of 65 percent.
He added that they do not pay cash to the millers since they follow the “payment in kind” scheme.
The miller gets the excess of the 65 percent milled rice and its by-products, he said.
“Assuming that NFA has 100 bags of palay to be milled, 65 belongs to us, and remaining 35 bags go to the miller as payment,” Trabajo said.
During the testing, NFA discovered that millers have an average of 65 percent milling recovery.
Trabajo said this showed that millers will not gain anything from NFA if they become an accredited retailer.
Trabajo said they are now receiving proposals from millers to lower its milling recovery rate but they cannot act on it.
The approval for such should come from their national office, he said. (PNA)