NFA Grains Postharvest Facility
Infrastructure Program: National Grains Highway1
Jessup P. Navarro2
The NFA Grains Highway is the supply chain that links production, postharvest and marketing activities in both the major rice/corn production and consumption areas, including their support infrastructure for the efficient delivery and timely movement of quality grains and cereals from the farmers to ultimate consumers.
Its objectives are to: reduce postharvest losses, to facilitate the inflow of rice and corn at any time; make the rice and corn quality requirement available to traders and consumer; eliminate wide price fluctuations in the market and wide gaps between supply and demand and, allow access to NFA warehouses and other post-harvest facilities to small and medium scale food businessmen.
The project components include rationalization of existing NFA postharvest facilities (PHF); modernization of PHF infrastructure and national link-up via transport. It has a budget component of PhP 2Billion from 2007-2010.
Keywords: Grains highway, postharvest facilities, inflow/outflow of rice and corn
1Paper presented at the 5th National Grains Postproduction Conference of the Philippine Rice Postproduction Consortium (PRPC) held on 17-18 July 2007 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City, Philippines; 2Administrator, National Food Authority, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.