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Harvest time

Some rice farmers in the country have started harvesting their palay, which will help boost the country’s rice stocks, the National Food Authority (NFA) said yesterday.

NFA Administrator Orlan Calayag said although the main crop harvest traditionally starts in September, some rice farmers in Cagayan Valley, Western and Eastern Visayas, and Western and Southern Mindanao have started harvesting their palay as early as mid-August.

He said this early harvest is expected to boost the country’s rice stocks. Meanwhile, bulk of the harvest from the rice production areas of Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions will come in during the harvest months of September to November. (Ellalyn B. De Vera)