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Healthier Rice Project Team and Advisory Committee Meeting (Feb. 2, 2022)

Author: DA Communications Group | 2 February 2022

Agriculture Secretary William Dar highlighted the importance of biotechnology as a powerful tool of science to feed the future in his opening remarks during the Healthier Rice Project Team and Advisory Committee (HRAC) Meeting held on February 2, 2022.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) as a member of the National Nutrition Council will pursue the inclusion of Golden Rice as one of the recommended interventions in the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, which currently includes the study of biofortification in its revised research agenda.

Apart from the commercialization of Golden Rice, the agri chief urged the committee to participate in addressing other problems affecting nutrition security such as the development of low glycemic rice and enhancing the capacity of rice farmers in the food systems approach.

The HRAC is created by IRRI and is composed of representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and various experts from the areas of plant secondary metabolism, GM crop development, regulatory affairs, human nutrition, marketing, and product development. (Photo by Ardy Tompong, DA-AFID)