DA-7 Appeals for Proper Rice Preparation and Consumption to Avert Wastage

Created on Monday, 18 February 2013

The government appeals to the public against wasting rice, a major staple for most Filipinos.

             Regional Executive Director Angel C. Enriquez of the Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA RFU 7) made the call during the launching of the National Year of Rice (NYR) for Bohol Province   held recently at the Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City .



The event was attended by an estimated 400 farmers coming from the different municipalities of the province of Bohol as well as farmers and agriculture students from the different parts of the country.


"We  (in DA) are very confident that we will achieve rice self sufficiency if we have the right management of consumption," Enriquez said. According to her, the greater volume of rice produce in the region is contributed by Bohol Province. To help attain rice and other staples sufficiency, everyone should be responsible consumers by taking care not to waste food during preparation, and putting only enough food on the plate. She also said that excess food should not be wasted, but should be recycled.


            The DA director is optimistic that during the year, the country will attain food staples sufficiency to support its growing population. She added that government has put up rice processing facilities and provided technical inputs to farmers to help them increase their production.


            In a related development, the DA RFU 7 led by Enriquez and Technical Directors Tomasita Cadungog and Joel Elumba unveiled Monday - - after the agency’s flag raising ceremony the NYR logo to join other regions of the country who simultaneously did the unveiling rites.


           Picking up the blue, red and yellow colors of the Philippine flag, the logo is an artist’s representation of the rice plant incorporating    the producers, consumers, and policy makers who are involved in rice productivity and efforts to reduce rice wastage.


            President Simeon Benigno Aquino III declared 2013 as the National Year of Rice.

under Proclamation No. 494. The NYR’s advocacy theme is "Sapat na Bigas Kaya ng Pinas".