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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012

 

NFA 2 lauds LGUs for supporting I-Rice promotion

by Merlito G. Edale, Jr.

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela, January 20 (PIA) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) regional office located in this city has lauded the support of the region’s five provinces, municipal and city local government units in promoting Iron Fortified Rice (I-rice).

Ruben Reside, NFA 2 director, said the launching of I-Rice last year has gained positive results from local governments as shown in the resolutions which they passed supporting the promotion of I-Rice and urging their constituents to utilize I-Rice.

“I-Rice helps fight anemia and infections. It also helps maintain healthy body and body resistance against diseases,” the NFA chief said.

Reside said the agency is supplying I-Rice in local government units’ Bigasang bayan retail outlets to give the public an access for the said commodity.

I-Rice is also be supplied to local government units on their relief operations in time of calamities.

Meanwhile, NFA 2 information officer Fe Salem said that as of January 15 inventory, there are 8,772 bags mixed with fortificant, a yellowish rice-form piece mixed in well-milled or regular-milled rice.

“There are also a total of 730 bags stand by rice ready to mix with fortificant,” Salem assured.

At present there are 161 bigasang bayan and 639 bigasan sa barangay outlets which sell I-rice.

I-Rice is sold by the agency at a reasonable price of P27 per kilo, cheaper than commercial rice sold at P35 to P40 in the markets.

Reside assured the continuous supply of I-Rice in public markets through their designated bigasang bayan.

He also urged the public particularly those who have not tried the I-Rice to visit and buy I-Rice as it is more affordable compared to commercial rice. (TCB/MGE/PIA- Isabela)

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