TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The National Food Authority (NFA) here has expressed alarm over rice wastage worth P10 billion yearly in the country.
With this, the NFA is urging the public not to waste rice despite its assurance that there is enough supply until the first quarter of 2016.
The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that every Filipino wastes an average of two tablespoons of cooked rice daily or up to 3.3 kilograms a year.
“With more than 100 million population of the country, rice wastage could reach up to 330,000 metric tons every year, which when not wasted, could result in import savings as high as P27 million daily or P10 billion yearly,” said Emmanuel Villanueva, Cagayan NFA provincial director.
Villanueva said that in order to conserve rice, mothers and homemakers should cook only the amount of rice that their family can consume. The same practice should be done in restaurants.
As part of efforts to prevent waste, the NFA has launched the “Be Riceponsible” Campaign, which aims to promote the “RICEponsibility” of every Filipino.
Villanueva said the campaign can help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency by not wasting rice.
He said the “Bantay Bigas” campaign has also been launched seeking the support of the public to make sure that rice is available, accessible, affordable and visible in public markets.