By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – National Food Authority (NFA) here has recently gathered 14,750 volunteers to serve as “Food Guardians” to support the ‘BeRicesponsible’ campaign to minimize rice wastage.
NFA Provincial Manager Hilaria Ganzon also solicited the participation of members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) to be “Food Guardians” and promote food conservation.
Ganzon said the drive encourages the public to reduce the leftover of rice and ensure that there is food on every table, or at least rice on every plate.
The NFA official reported that based on the survey, an individual is wasting a daily average of two tablespoons of rice, which add up to 3.3 kilograms a year.
“With the 100 million population of the country, the rice wasted could reach up to 330, 000 metric tons every year and this gone up to P10 billion yearly or around P27 million daily,” Ganzon said.
The volunteers will help protect consumers by ensuring complete accessibility to NFA rice, prevent profiteering and ensure the stability of rice supply and prices.
According to Ganzon, this movement can help address food security and alleviate poverty in the country.
She also urged the Negrenses to be cautious of the type of rice they buy and cook.
To avoid food contamination, the NFA gave few tips on food safety by maintaining cleanliness or always wash hands before and after handling food.
This is in response to reports on “fake rice” circulating in some areas in the country and may chemically contaminated rice due to mishandling and improper storage. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on June 17, 2016)