NFA simplifies passbook requirements, palay farmers can get it at no cost

National Food Authority (NFA) has urged farmers here to avail of the simplified requirements in applying for a farmer’s passbook.

This is one of NFA’s efforts in a bid to help farmers earn enough as the agency intensifies its “Palay (unhusked grains)” buying operations this rainy season.

NFA Bukidnon Provincial Manager Gil G. Tabor said passbook applicants are being issued “farmer’s passbook” free of charge in order to serve Palay farmers more efficiently.

He said individual farmers will simply submit a certification from Barangay Captain, Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), or Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) indicating the number of hectares planted with Palay and the yield per hectare—indicating whether the farm is irrigated or not.

Likewise, farmers’ cooperatives, associations or organizations only need to submit registration certificates from Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or any registration certificate from concerned government agencies. Passbook applicants should also submit a list of farmer-members certified by local government unit (LGU)-MAO, whichever is applicable, indicating the number of hectares whether irrigated or not and the yield per hectare.

“The NFA-issued passbook will hasten buying-selling transactions between NFA and Palay farmers because the passbook will serve as the agency’s basis in determining NFA’s procurement allocation,” Tabor said.

Farmers can go directly to the nearest NFA provincial offices or NFA satellite buying stations for more details. They may also call landline number (088)813-3823 or send text messages to cellphone numbers 09173124524 and 09173278744. (Maria Socorro S. Mellomida-PIO NFA Bukidnon/RLRB, PIA Bukidnon)

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