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DAR N. Cotabato promotes eating of brown rice

piaKIDAPAWAN  CITY, North Cotabato,  Nov. 17 (PIA) --  Employees  of the  Department of  Agrarian  Reform  in  North Cotabato should  learn  eating  brown  rice, an official of  the agency  said.

Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer  of DAR – North Cotabato  is  encouraging  employees  to consume  brown rice  in  line  with the   efforts  to   promote better health  and  in support of the National Rice Awareness  month.

In a  recent  lunch  fellowship with  staff, Abella  emphasized that brown rice is a healthy substitute to white rice because the whole grain is rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, thiamine, among other nutrients.

As community development workers in agrarian reform areas,  DAR employees  should  be models  in this  advocacy  by  practicing  this  in the family   before  sharing the  same goal with the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs).

“DAR is one in spirit with the Department of Agriculture in creating awareness among Filipinos, especially to our ARBs, to become RICEponsible not only to promote better health among them but also help them improve their income,” Abella said.

Moreover, DAR North Cotabato has organized a lunch fellowship where employees and staff joined the boodle fight as way of showing its support in observing the Brown Rice Day.

Pursuant  to Proclamation No. 524 issued on January 5, 2004, November is  declares as the National Rice Awareness Month.

This year’s celebration is themed, “We are RICEponsible!” where everyone is encouraged to take part in achieving rice self-sufficiency as well as in promoting responsible rice consumption for better health, less wastage, and productive farming.

Abella also enjoined its DAR municipal offices in North Cotabato to observe the Rice Mix Day on November 21, 2014.

On this date,  the public  is  encouraged  to  consume  rice  mixed  with other  staples  such as  corn  grits  which  could   improve  the  intake  of dietary fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, B6, and C than   eating  rice  alone.

Rice may also  be mixed  with  sweet potato,  saba (banana), or adlai. (ROrejudos-DAR N. Cotabato/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611416201496/dar-n-cotabato-promotes-eating-of-brown-rice

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