DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) — The National Food Authority (NFA) in Negros Oriental gathered some barangay residents and representatives of government agencies, academe and media for a rice “taste testing” activity that aims to change the public’s negative impression on NFA rice.
The “taste test” was held on September 25 at the NFA Provincial Office in Barangay Pulang Tubig, this city.
NFA staff served cooked rice from Thailand and Viet Nam to the participants of the activity.
“Actually it’s malinamnam. Lami ang taste nila. Although physically, motan-aw ka i-compare nimo sa commercial rice makaingon ka na dili siya lami in terms of visual pero kung kan-on nimo okay man siya kaayo (It actually tastes good. If you compare it physically with the commercial rice, you’ll get the impression that it doesn’t taste well. However, once you eat it you’ll get convinced that it tastes good),” said Frauelein Cabanag of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) – Chemistry Department who was a participant of the event.
“Ang akong na-testingan na variety ay katong Viet Nam and humot siya. Lami kan-on bisan walang sula (I tried the variety from Viet Nam and it was fragrant. It also tastes good even without viand),” said Angelo Tiongson of the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental who also came to participate in the “food tasting.”
A forum was held prior to the “taste test” wherein issues about NFA rice were discussed.
One member of the media raised during the forum that rice sold by the government is smelly, makabuhi or can cause gastric discomfort, and easy to deteriorate and get spoiled.
NFA Provincial Public Information Officer Camilo Kebite acknowledged that there were old stocks of NFA rice that circulated in the market before and these have an effect to some people.
However, Kebite gave an assurance that right now NFA rice are distributed to the public market and accredited retailers within three to four months after it was shipped to the province to maintain the safety and good quality of rice.
“Dili makakabuhi ang NFA rice. It’s really safe for human consumption. Those were the days. Dugay na to (issue). Sulayi sila karon. (NFA rice is safe for human consumption and cannot cause gastric discomfort. It was an old issue. Let them try cook NFA rice now),” Kebite said.
The NFA official also clarified that NFA rice does not spoil quickly noting that spoilage is a microbiological reaction of food when exposed to some factors.
The “taste test” was the highlight of the Ugnayan sa NFA event conducted by the agency in celebration of its 46th anniversary and the National Grains Industry Week.
The activity aims to bring NFA closer to the community stakeholders and encourage a dialogue with them to discuss important issues related to the agency, food security, and other concerns pertaining to rice.
In line with the celebration of their anniversary, NFA Provincial Manager Hilaria Ganzon reiterated the agency’s commitment to serve to the people.
“Ang NFA nagpadayon sa serbisyo sa katawhan pinaagi sa pagdistribute sa low-priced na bugas (NFA will continue to serve the people through the distribution of low-priced rice),” Ganzon said. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)
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