Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles is supporting Golden Rice in line with DA-PhilRice’s response in combating malnutrition problems in the country under its Healthier Rice Project.

Golden Rice is an additional intervention to combat vitamin A deficiency. Healthier Rice Project Lead Reynante Ordonio updated Secretary Nograles and his staff on Golden Rice during a virtual technical briefing on April 14.

Nograles invited the team to conduct another briefing for the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger (IATF-ZH) staff. The institute has developed several forms of healthier rice including brown rice, germinated brown rice, pigmented rice, beta-carotine enriched, high-iron, high-zinc, low-protein and rice with high resistant starch and dietary fiber. Ordonio stressed that DA-PhilRice has been continuously promoting healthier ways to eat rice, evaluating its nutritional value, and improving the nutritional contents of our rice varieties. (GMG Cristobal)

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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