Bangladeshi Golden Rice in varietal release stage
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Bangladeshi Golden Rice in varietal release stage

Bangladeshi rice scientists have advanced a beta-carotene-rich rice to a varietal release stage, heralding a new era in the fight against vitamin-A deficiency.

They said the wait is nearly over for the release of Golden Rice, a long-touted remedy to VAD.

According to the World Health Organization's global VAD database, one in every five pre-school children in Bangladesh is vitamin A-deficient.

Among the pregnant women, 23.7 percent suffer from VAD.