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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte January 28 (PIA) – The National Food Authority (NFA) is calling the attention of all interested to become NFA rice retailers in Southern Leyte to get accredited now.

  Despite rigid requirements, the food authority of the government now relaxed the accreditation of those interested to sell NFA rice, Provincial Administrator Lorna Ordiz disclosed during the DyDM Kapihan sa PIA today.   She said their office wants the government -subsidized rice to be available to all especially among the poor residents in remote areas in the province.   Presently, the NFA rice are sold in the market in two categories: at P32.00 per kilo for the 15% broken rice and P27.00 per kilo for the 25% broken rice qualities, it was learned. It was noted that most of the poor consumers opt for the 25% brokens rice over the 15% brokens, she added.   Though the campaign for the open accreditation which started last November 2016 , only less than 10 new rice retailers get accredited, Ordizdiclosed. She added that the slow accreditation could be due to the capitalization required and the stigma of foul-smelled NFA rice that only few  wants to sell their rice.   Ordiz, however, assures public consumers during the radio program that their office is taking more effort so that NFA rice would be competitive as to its quality with the commercial rice now adays. (gtt/egorne/PIA SoLeyte)