Brown rice to be sold to more NFA stores this month
The National Food Authority (NFA) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will start making affordable brown rice more available in NFA stores nationwide this month.
The NFA started selling brown rice in Bohol last month at P37 a kilo, as part of government’s program to bring back more nutritious rice to Filipinos’ tables.
Brown rice is normally priced at P50 to P80 a kilo, and is usually consumed by the higher income and diet-conscious population.
The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics has reported that per capita consumption of white rice has been going down from 128 kilos in 2008 to 114 kilos in 2012.
It may be due to the introduction of alternative staples.
In introducing brown rice back the table, the Department of Agriculture not only wants to solve malnutrition and hunger, but to fight diabetes which affects more than four million Filipinos.
The Philippines ranks 15th in the world in terms of diabetes prevalence, according to the International Diabetes Federal.