Cabanatuan City, Philippines — The province of Nueva Ejica is considered the “rice capital of the Philippines”.
The province, which is situated in Central Luzon or Region III, is also where the history of the Philippines’ rice industry can be found.
Inside the National Food Authority (NFA) compound in Cabanatuan City in province of Nueva Ecija is the newly opened Grain Industry Museum.
The agricultural museum features the history of farming in the Philippines from production, harvest, processing to stocking of rice. The museum also showcases the oldest equipment used for farming in the country.
The NFL Grains Industry Museum highlights the evolution of the rice industry through various artifacts that focus on production, after-harvest, processing, storage and marketing of rice and other grains. The museum also serves as NFA’s tribute to the deeply-rooted rice culture of our country.
The National Food Authority Regional Information Officer Josephine Bacungan said, “Everything you see in this museum came from various parts of the country. These were given to us by our farmers. This only shows that we value their toil.”
The Food Authority aims to impart to the museum’s visitors the importance of every grain of rice including the value attached to it by our Filipino ancestors. The admission to the National Food Authority rice industry museum is free.
Meanwhile, the NFA currently conducts its food guardian campaign that reminds the Filipino people not to waste rice grains.
Bacungan added that they have finally achieved one million signatures for their campaign called “I Am A Food Guardian.”
“These are reminders that if you combine 2 tablespoons of rice every day, we can already feed a small country.”
Contrary to previous reports, the NFL assures of enough rice supply in Nueva Ecija province.
The NFA urges rice farmers in the province to sell their rice to them to be used in times of need. — Mark Kulius | Velvetiere