May 27, 2024

The Department of Agriculture reiterated its plea for the responsible consumption of rice during the kick-off ceremony of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM).

Agriculture Usec. for Administration and Finance Jane C. Bacayo together with other DA officials led the kick-off ceremony organized by the Philippine Rice Research Institute.

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 524, s. 2004, the NRAM is observed every November to raise public awareness on rice, combat malnutrition and poverty, and attain rice self-sufficiency.

Highlighting the event is the launching of the “Be RICEponsible” advocacy as official theme of NRAM and the introduction of its on mixing rice with other staples such as adlai, saba, and corn; switching to brown or unpolished rice; stop wasting rice; supporting and buying local produce.

The DA and PhilRice upped the celebration with various activities that are informative and entertaining.

In line with the month-long observance of NRAM, government employees and stakeholders are encouraged to recite the “Panatang Makapalay” during their flag ceremonies. Meanwhile, office cafeterias are urged to serve half-cup of rice and other healthier rice varieties, including brown rice, in support of the advocacy.

For many years now, DA has been promoting the consumption of brown rice because of its nutritional value. Compared to white rice, it contains more fiber, minerals, and vitamins, particularly B vitamins, and has a lower glycemic index. – Press release