The vitamin A-enriched rice known as Golden Rice will soon be available in
Bangladesh, according to Agriculture Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque. He said
this to news reporters after a meeting with the officials of the
International Rice Research Institute.
According to the World Health Organization, one in every 5 pre-school
children in Bangladesh is vitamin A-deficient, while 23.7 percent of
pregnant women have vitamin-A deficiency.
"Golden rice is more important than other varieties as it will help fight
Vitamin A deficiency. The rice variety has already got clearance in USA,
Canada and Australia A committee of the environment ministry will give
clearance to the rice for production. We will be able to start cultivation
in Bangladesh within two to three months upon getting the clearance," he