The DA approves commercial cultivation of ‘golden rice.’
After a thorough examination by different government organizations, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has authorized the commercial cultivation of golden rice, according to a senior official of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
According to Dr. John C. de Leon, executive director of DA-PhilRice, DA-Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) director George Y. Culaste signed the permit for commercial propagation of the so-called “golden rice” on July 21 following research conducted by the Departments of Science and Technology, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, and the Depa.
De Leon stated in a statement that the creation of golden rice is intended to alleviate the persistent vitamin A shortage that plagues Filipinos.
He claims that golden rice contains beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A.
“Ito ay makatutulong sa malinaw na paningin, malakas na pangangatawan sa impeksyon, at tamang paglaki. When it comes to vitamin A, humahantong ito sa condition known as vitamin A deficiency or VAD. When you eat it, it boosts your resistance, prevents illness, and helps you develop properly. When vitamin A is deficient, it causes a condition known as vitamin A deficiency (VAD). If this occurs, the resistance will deteriorate, become unhealthy, and may result in blindness if not treated promptly), “explained de Leon.
According to research, just two out of ten Filipino households are vitamin deficient, and a cup of golden rice may provide up to 40% of vitamin A, which is critical for children aged six months to five years.
“Maituturing na isang tagumpay ng Golden Rice commercial propagation permit hindi lamang para sa mga mananaliksik sa likod nito, kundi lalo’t-higit sa mga Pilipinong nangangailangan ng sapat na nutrisyon (This commercial propagation permit of the Golden Rice may be considered a success not only