Rice Fortification – Tatsat Chronicle Magazine

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In order to popularize and create awareness of the benefits of fortified rice especially in the tribal areas of the country, the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) coordinates with Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Telangana Rajasthan and Kerala. organize workshops and seminars in hotspots in the tribal belts and districts whose population is vulnerable to thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

So far, workshops and seminars have been held in five locations in four states including Valsad in Gujarat, Nandurabar and Nashik in Maharashtra, Kanker in Chhattisgarh and East Singhbhum, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.

Experts discussed the importance of fortification and how it will increase the nutritional needs of the country’s population. Asst. Prof. Hemangini Gandhi from MS University, Vadodara, Dr. Renuka Mainde, NetProFan Organizer – Nagpur Chapter and Corporate Nutritionist gave a presentation on its positive impact on public health and its links to haemoglobinopathies.

Vivek Shukla, while summarizing the discussions, emphasized providing correct information to beneficiaries so that apprehensions can be allayed in time. The workshop was well attended by FPS resellers, especially resellers from the Nashik tribal areas

In Nandurbar District, a presentation was made by Prof. Sirimavo Nair, Nodal Officer, Gujarat (NFSA Concurrent Evaluation D/o Food & PD-Govt. of India) on Fortified Staple Foods and their Positive Impact on Health public. Presentations were also made by Dr. Naresh Tayade, Panjabrao Deshmukh Memorial Medical College, Amravati, and Dr. Narayan Bawa, Health Officer, District Hospital, Nandurbar, Maharashtra, on the benefits and its links to haemoglobinopathies. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session by technical experts and officials from FCI and D/o Food & PD.

Fortification is the process of adding fortified rice grains (FRK), containing FSSAI prescribed micronutrients (iron, folic acid, vitamin B12) to normal (custom ground) rice in a 1:100 ratio (mix of 1 kg of FRK with 100 kg of personalized rice). milled rice).

Fortified rice is almost identical to traditional rice in aroma, taste and texture. This process is done in rice mills at the time of rice milling.

The rice fortification ecosystem has been significantly improved through the onboarding of rice millers, FRK manufacturers, industries and other stakeholders for the production and supply of fortified rice to meet the target requirement. There are more than 9,000 rice mills nationwide that have installed blending infrastructure for fortified rice production and their cumulative monthly production capacity is about 60 LMT, which has more than quadrupled since last year.

Fortification is proving to be a cost effective and complementary strategy to increase vitamin and mineral content in low turnaround time (TAT) diets and a step towards nutritional security and helps to control anemia and malnutrition in the country. This strategy is implemented in many geographical areas around the world.

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