BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Feb. 25(PIA) -- An executive of the National Food Authority (NFA) here said the i-Rice Program in all 15 municipalities in the province has been implemented.
"We have already achieved 100 percent status in terms of the iron- Fortified Rice Program specially the far-flung barangays, “Leslie Martinez, NFA provincial manager said.
He said their agency is currently implementing intensified advocacy to attract private commercial grains businessmen on the program.
Martinez also urged the public to continuously support the i-Rice program which makes iron fortified rice available in the market through the various NFA retail outlets.
The I-Rice Program is part of government’s campaign to improve the health condition of the people by providing foods that are fortified with supplements needed by the body.
Iron fortified rice has various nutritional benefits as it prevents anemia, builds healthy red blood cells, boots body system to fight infection, improves mental and physical development, maintains alertness and endurance, improves productivity, prevents child birth defects and mortality during pregnancy and also good for lactating mothers. (TCB/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)