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Monday, January 30, 2012

NFA pushes for i-Rice consumption in Southern Leyte

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Jan 30 (PIA) -- The National Food Authority – Southern Leyte Office is encouraging every concerned official throughout Southern Leyte province to support government programs, particularly the iron-fortified rice, known as the “i-Rice”.

NFA information officer Elisa E. Almacin in her report disclosed that the agency’s ultimate goal in the “i-Rice” advocacy is to squarely face the problem of micronutrient malnutrition of the populace

She revealed that micronutrient malnutrition is, “one of the country’s utmost problems because of lack of micronutrients which include iron, iodine, and vitamin A.”

In response to the study which put the Philippines as one of the countries that suffer from nutritional disorder, NFA is emphasizing the importance of “i-rice” to help the country fight this battle towards good nutrition and a well balance diet, Almacin disclosed to PIA-Maasin.

It was learned that the nationwide launching of i-Rice was held last March 2011. It aims to promote the NFA’s program that supports the fortification of products based on Republic Act 8976 or the Philippine Food Fortification Act of 2000

Almacin said that the food department’s main concern is rice, which is the main staple of the country, “we highly advocate the i-Rice program” for your support as an outward extension to the people, referring to the different agencies concerned.

“Health is wealth, let the i-Rice program be part of the daily dietary intake of our people,” she said while hoping that the agencies concerned will be part in disseminating this information drive for the welfare of each one towards a journey for a healthy people in a healthy country,” Almacinbared. (PIA-8/Southern Leyte)

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