NFA rolls out cheaper brown rice
The National Food Authority (NFA) will start selling locally-grown brown rice at P37 a kilo in partner rice retail outlets in Bohol, and later in other parts of the country.
Brown rice, considered as a healthier variety, is often sold in supermarkets and market stalls at P50 to P80 per kilogram.
Each 50-kilogram bag is priced at P1,750 in Bohol.
The NFA and Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) worked to get locally-grown and milled rice to markets at a low cost, as part of the DA’s BROWN4good project.
The low price of brown rice is due to a low purchase and processing price made possible by an agreement with BOFAMCO, which manages and operates the KOICA Rice Processing Complex (RPC).
The RPC sources its rice requirements from local farmers under the Sikat Saka Program.
The BROWN4good project seeks to aims to make brown rice more accessible and affordable to more Filipinos.
It also aims to remedy the problem of malnutrition.
Brown rice is considered more nutritious than white rice because its bran layer has not been removed by polishing.
The bran layer provides vitamins and minerals such as fiber, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, manganese, and selenium.
Consumption of brown rice is touted to help prevent type 2 diabetes, heart disease, intestinal cancer, obesity, asthma attacks, lung disease, and high blood pressure.
Energy is also conserved as milling of brown rice is more efficient compared with white rice.