NFA urges adoption of ‘half-rice’ policy

THE days of “unli rice” are numbered.

The National Food Authority (NFA) has urged all local government units (LGUs) anew to pass an ordinance mandating establishments in the food service industry to serve only half-rice to their customers.

Chona Maramba, information officer designate of NFA-Lingayen office, said the move seeks to heighten public awareness on responsible rice consumption.

Letters were sent all LGUs last year but only Binmaley town complied and passed an ordinance requiring restaurants and eateries to offer just half a cup of rice,” Maramba said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of PIA-Pangasinan on Tuesday.

“Data on rice wastage show that each Filipino wastes two tablespoons of cooked rice daily, which, if not wasted, could result in import savings of P6.2 billion and could feed 2.6 million Filipinos in a year,” she said.

The country is observing the National Rice Awareness Month this month with the 2014 theme “We are RICEponsible!,” a call on Filipinos to take part in achieving rice self-sufficiency as well as in promoting responsible rice consumption for better health, less wastage, and productive farming. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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