BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: To help the country avoid rice shortage problems, a Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) officer suggested that Filipinos begin mixing their rice staple with corn, banana, cassava or camote.
Democrito Rebong II, PhilRice Branch Manager for Isabela, said they are promoting the “rice mix” to the public “to resolve the rice shortage in the country” and as a way of bringing rice importation to a minimum.
“If only the public will consider mixing rice with other staples like corn, camote, banana and cassava, then they can help the government in lessening rice importation and in achieving rice sufficiency,” he added.
Rebong also said that a rice mix is a more healthy alternative as it has “higher dietary fiber, potassium and vitamins and minerals.”
The PhilRice is also moving to improve the standard of living for farmers as it urged them to join the rural transformation movement, which is aimed at changing the farmers’ behavior towards farming
Rebong said this program, dubbed “Gusto Naming Maging Milyonaryo Kayo” (We want you to become millionaires), aims to encourage farmers “to engage in modern farming technologies that are sustainable and ecologically-efficient.”