MANY poor families in the island depend on the government-subsidized rice to meet their day to day needs, but few were aware of the iron enriched variant.
To boost up its acceptance and usage, the government simultaneously launched this week the “I-Rice” project, renamed from its old Iron Fortified Rice Program to give it a fresh and competitive stance.
Various sectors, retailers and consumers’ group expressed their support to the National Food Authority (NFA) during the I-Rice launching at the Mambajao gymnasium.
Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, acknowledged the importance of the project with his presence, to convey to his constituents the need and advantages of patronizing I-Rice, as an intervention to combat poverty by keeping a healthy citizenry.
Meanwhile, NFA Camiguin Chief, Mila P. Tanguamos, encouraged consumers to patronize I-Rice saying that fortified rice is best for children and lactating mothers, to help counter risks in malnutrition due to iron deficiency or anemia.
I-Rice is available in all accredited grains retailers outlets in the province at the price of P27.00 and P28.00 per kilo for regular and well milled rice, respectively.
Also present during the launching were Councilor Rodolfo D. Salcedo, President of the Camiguin Retailers Asso., Telesfora G. Madelo, Provincial Nutritionist and Dietician, and, Dr. Annabelle Cacho, Mambajao Municipal Health Officer. (Jorie C. Valcorza-PIA 10)