The NFA rice in Bulacan Warehouse is being infested by bukbok and molds. A concerned farmer reported it to GMA7 24 oras. Other NFA warehouses in Bulacan have the same problem. Those are stocks that were imported from Vietam during the leadership of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
NFA stated that rice could not be sold readily. Buffer stock should always be available. It is needed in time of crisis or the lean months. Management is calling the attention of public to give information about any NFA warehouses which have rice spoilage.
The stored rice are buffer stock. Then why are they letting the bukbok and mold grow in rice? Are they going to feed the masses with bukbukin and amaging bigas? I bet NFA officials are not even eating NFA rice.
Why are they calling to the public? The central office should be monitoring all the warehouses. Aren’t they have enough personnel to this or they never want to do this at all?
Ninety thousands rice sacks are stored in Quezon city warehouse – imported last year. Fifty percent of the rice are infested by pest – bukbok. Those infested sacks are separated and fumigated. Fumigation kills the bukbok and the rice can be served again (an investigation done by GMA7 news team).
Grains are fumigated to prevent and kill pest. A single fumigation is not okay for me cause they are imparting toxic chemicals to food. One is bad already, a repetition is worse. Besides the effects of mold could not be removed by fumigation.
Another 200 thousand metric tons of rice is about to arrived this June. This will also be a part of buffer stocks. Hmm… buffer stocks for bukbok and amag!
Proper storing and handling will prevent molds and bukbok. They never know to do it properly.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.