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  • 15 June, 2022

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Center to boost the supply of fortified rice started the second phase of the distribution of fortified rice from April 1. Its main aim is to supply fortified rice to beneficiaries of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the Pradhan Mantra Poshan Shakti Nirman (PM-POSHAN) Scheme.

Food cooperation of India had procured about 90 lakh tonnes of fortified rice and about 2.2lakh tonnes had been supplied to 90 districts in 16 states.

Rice fortification is a centrally sponsored pilot scheme for the fortification of rice and its distribution under the public distribution system for 3 years starting from 2019.


1. To tackle the problem of anaemia and micronutrient deficiency in the country, a special focus has also been given first to aspirational districts of the country.

2. It increases learning and mental activity and helps to achieve a more healthy way of life.

3. The fortification of rice is a cost-effective and complementary strategy to increase vitamin and mineral content in diets.

4. Every second woman in the country is anaemic and every third child is stunted. Even India ranked has also slipped to 101 positions in the Global Hunger Index 2021 out of 116 countries, which is a matter of concern.

5. hidden hunger which is the deficiency of micronutrients is a serious health risk, and can be solved by fortification of rice as rice is one of India’s staple foods consumed by two-thirds of the population.

According to the FSSAI norm, 1kg fortified rice will contain:

  1. Iron (28mg-42.5mg),
  2. Folic acid (75-125mg)
  3. Vitamin B12 (0.75-1.25 mg)

It also contains Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and vitamin B6.

Source: PIB

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