Written by the Web Team
President Benigno S. Aquino III launched the National Year of Rice (NYR) 2013, a social marketing and advocacy campaign to help achieve rice self-sufficiency in the country, at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Central Experiment Station, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Nov. 13.
On behalf of Aquino, Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. Proceso J. Alcala marked the event with the unveiling of NYR logo, which was witnessed by Gawad Saka 2012 awardees, government officials, and heads and staff of DA-attached agencies. Gawad Saka is the most prestigious award conferred by DA to outstanding achievers in agriculture and fisheries.
With the theme, Sapat na Bigas, Kaya ng Pinas, NYR aims to enjoin producers, consumers, and policymakers to help increase rice productivity and reduce rice wastage.
Aquino, who missed the event owing to bad weather, expressed his support to the initiatives of PhilRice and DA to help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency.
“In 2013, we will further increase [the budget allotted to agriculture] to more than 20 percent, amounting to P74.1 billion,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr, PhilRice executive director said, PhilRice will continuously contribute to the progress of the rice sector through high-yielding varieties, knowledge, cost-reducing technologies, and strategies to reduce rice wastage.
A pledge for rice led by Asst. Sec. Dante S. de Lima also highlighted the event. The takers pledged to cook and eat the right amount of rice, try brown rice and other staples such as saba, camote, and corn, and have no rice leftovers.