The Department of Agriculture XII called on today a Consultative Meeting regarding the decrease in the buying prices of palay in the region.

DA XII Field Operations Division Head Ray Embajador led the meeting which was attended by National Food Authority XII Regional Director Dianne Silva, NFA provincial managers and other key officers, National Irrigation - South Cotabato Provincial Manager Orlando Tibang, media partners and various irrigators' association leaders of South Cotabato.

RD Silva pointed out Law of Supply and Demand as the main reason why buying prices for palay in the region dropped to as low as P13 per kilo.

In this regard, she is encouraging rice farmers to deliver their produce to NFA which buys a kilo of dried palay at more than P20.