UNWFP, SR Asia urge adequate nutrition for workers

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Dhaka : UNWFP and Social Responsibility (SR) Asia Bangladesh, with the support of the food ministry, jointly organised a roundtable discussion on "Adequate Nutrition for workers - Economic and Social Benefits of Fortified Rice" at Lakeshore Hotel, Dhaka.

In the discussion, speakers shed some light on RMG workers' nutrition and productivity improvement.

Sarkar Abul Kalam Azad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food attended the discussion as chief guest. Sabina Alam, Vice President, BWCCI was also present as special guest.

Rezaul Karim, Head of Programme, UNWFP Bangladesh, gave a presentation on "Evidence and innovation of fortified rice".

During his presentation, Karim highlighted the "Scaling up Rice Fortification" initiative which aims to reduce micro-nutrient deficiencies in high-risk groups with a strong focus on women and children by providing fortified rice with essential vitamins and minerals.

UNWFP is supporting the government in the fortification of rice with essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, B1, B12, zinc, iron and folic acid.

Currently, the government is selling fortified rice at subsidised price to 50 lakh poor families under the government safety net programmes including vulnerable group development, food friendly programme and vulnerable group feeding.

The speakers claimed regular milled rice, although high in carbohydrates is low in micro-nutrients.

Speaking as chief guest, Sarkar Abul Kalam Azad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food, said, "As we are focused on high risk groups of people's nutrition, we are trying to introduce the nutrition fortified rice on OMS in areas where garments workers live."

Rezaul called on the garments industry owners to introduce fortified rice to their workers for lunch.

"Don't consider the investment on fortified rice as cost. Your investment can be translated into business benefit because workers' good health yields good production," Rezaul said.

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