FROM STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, June 23: A two-day tiol semir on “Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture” got underway here at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam on Friday. The semir was organized by ICAR Research Complex in collaboration with Deendayal Research Institute.
First day of the semir witnessed eminent speakers from across India sensitizing the participants on Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture.
In his welcome address, Dr SV Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam said that the semir is well apt for the present situation which will give a thought for food, where malnourishment and diseases has reached its peak.
He further stated that agriculture is not only the economic background of the country but also thebasis for a healthy tion.
P.B Acharya, Governor of Aruchal Pradesh and galand, declared the semir open by highlighting the aspects of agriculture.
Speaking further he said, “Agriculture should be nutrition sensitive and the nutrition should reach the plates of every citizen.”
He emphasized that the local and traditiol foods should be promoted as every region has a special nutritiol aspect and requirement.
He further stressed that the aim should not only be to achieve food security but also to ensure that a balanced diet is received by every Indian.
Dr. Vada Shiva, Intertiolly acclaimed environmentalist spoke at length and highlighted the various aspects of agriculture.
She stressed on the fact that food is an “ecological process”, and growing food in harmony with the ture should be the key focus of the agriculturalist.
Governor Banwari Lal Purohit in his address said that the Change in culture has lead to the change in food habit which ultimately leads to a malnourished tion.
Local delicacies have enormous nutrients’ which needs to be identified and research should be conducted in the aspect of the food and nutrition both.
Speaking on the occasion Archa Chintis, Minister for Welfare and Child Development, Madhya Pradesh, said that the villages in India were never weak but the procedure in which the agriculture and the farming practice were conducted was destroying the soil which in return gave less remuneration to the farmers.
“The motive of the agriculturist should be to work hand in hand with the ture. Our land is rich but its needs to be taken care of,” she said.
She further added that the wholesome plate of food should be what we should achieve. All the nutrients are must for the overall development of an individual.