NFA embarks on rice conservation
by EA Abasquez
San Jose, Antique (21 February) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have embarked on Rice Conservation Program to encourage people to practice measures that could reduce post harvest losses, disclosed NFA's Information Officer Gladdys Gallano.
The result of research conducted by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) showed a big volume of the staple food goes to wastage.
Part of the BAS-FNRI findings indicated that each,of the 88 million population has a daily wastage of 14 grams or 24,805 bags (of 50 kls) each day with equivalent value of P22 million losses daily, Gallano explained.
The one year wastage which when saved through practical means is enough for 14 days supply requirement based on the nationwide average daily consumption of 646,000 bags.
If rice conservation measures are practiced at various levels, 1.17 million metric tons could be saved and only a small volume would be imported to meet the country's supply requirement. In 2007 the volume of rice importation reached 1.87 million metric tons.
The conservation program would cover a wider range of aspects to include good practices in purchasing, storage, cooking and eating among others. Restaurants or food chains are likewise enjoined to support the program.
Rice must not be used as feeds for poultry and swine as NFA wages a vigorous campaign with the battlecry "Kagutuman ay Sugpuin, Bigas ay Huwag Sayangin" Gallano concluded. (PIA) [top]