Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said on Saturday that Nutrition Club members should come forward with a movement against rice polishing in the country as there is no nutritional value in the polished rice.
“A section of businessmen is selling rice after polishing it to make it shiny. The nutritional values of the rice are being wasted. So, people should come forward with a movement against polishing rice,” he said.
“A research report said five tonnes of rice is wasted to polish 100 tonnes rice. The wasted elements are full of nutritional values,” he mentioned.
“The polished rice does not contain nutrients. People will suffer from malnutrition if there is no nutrition in rice they consume to survive. It will be painful for us,” he said. Members of the Nutrition Club, especially youths, can play an effective role in preventing malnutrition, Sadhan Chandra said.
He pointed out that the food ministry will provide all-out support for youths to increase their creativity and leadership capacity, referring to their future.
The millers polish rice four to six times to make it fine and white. This rice looks beautiful, but contains no mineral, no vitamin, the research report said.
“Micronutrient is essential if we want to build an intellectually sound nation,” it reads.
Professor Md Shahidur Rashid Bhuiyan, vice-chancellor of the SAU, Zuena Aziz, principal coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals at the Prime Minister’s Office and Shahid Uddin Akbar, chief executive officer and founder of the BIID, also spoke on the occasion.