NFA advocates rice conservation
San Jose, Antique (30 November) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) embarks on Rice Conservation Program as a support to Proclamation no. 524 or Rice Awareness Month.
The proclamation adopted the International Year of the Rice 2004 in the Philippines which was declared by the United Nation to emphasize the heightening of public awareness of rice and its interrelationship with malnutrition and poverty in the country.
Rice Conservation Program mitigates the rice deficiency in the country and advocates "the rice you saved today will feed you tomorrow" policy. The agency campaigns through distribution of leaflets and information advocacy and using the tri-media to educate everyone since 2008.
Rice as the basic food of the Filipinos gives 56.4% energy, 45.8% niacin, 43.2% thiamin, 40.8% protein, 30% iron and 27.8% riboflavin which cater the nutritional substance needed by the body.
Study shows that each Filipino wasted 14g or one tablespoon of rice daily equivalent to 1.24 M kg or 24, 800 bags of rice and a total of 9.05 M bags of rice in a year.
Engr. Gil B. Ibarra, Manager of NFA Antique said "if every Filipino won't waste any grain of rice, the scarcity of food will be lessen". (NFA/PIA) [top]