NFA to test markets’ response to rice-corn blend
The National Food Authority (NFA), in collaboratin with the Philippine Maize Federation, Inc. (Philmaize), is set to conduct a taste survey of rice-corn blend which is promoted to provide greater nutritional benefits than just rice.
The results of the survey shall determine the acceptability of rice-corn blend among a cross-section of consumers and will help government strategize on how to market corn as an alternative staple to rice or as rice extender.
“This could eventually wean our country away from importing the shortfall in our annual rice production,” NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Aquino said in a statement.
The survey will be conducted during the 13th Philippine National Corn Congress on November 22-24 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
“The rice-corn blend is being promoted as a health food because corn has lower calorie and carbohydrate content compared to rice. Studies show that corn also contains more vitamins, minerals and proteins than white rice,” Aquino added.