Mangaluru: The Akshaya Patra Foundation proposes to enrich the rice delivered to children under its jurisdiction from this year, said Tirumala Rao of the Foundation.

Addressing a press meet here, he said that Akshaya Patra will mix the fortified rice kernels in the rice which includes Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B 12, folic acid and iron. The enrichment of rice with essential micronutrients help in the all-round development of the child.

He said that, at present, mid-day meals are distributed to 14,260 children in 135 government schools covering Mangaluru and Bantwal.

"Enrichment of rice with essential micronutrients post harvesting will increase its nutrient value. Fortified rice kernels are made of rice flour, fortified with vitamins and minerals mix. They are added to normal rice in a ratio of 1:100 resulting in fortified rice nearly identical to traditional rice in aroma, taste, and texture. It is then distributed for regular consumption," he added.

Source: Deccan Herald                    Dated: Feb 24 2018