Rashtriya Poshan Maah’ celebration

Namthang, 17 Sept (IPR):

The celebration of ‘Rashtriya Poshan Maah’ with regard to the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture and Innovation (NARI), an initiative under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Namthang on 17 Sept, 2020.

The Chairman for Sikkim Poultry Development Board, Krishna Gurung graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The program had the presence of BDO (Namthang), Ram K Tamang,Senior Scientist, IP Shivakoti, CDPO ( Namchi), Laxman Tamang, DIO (South), Deepti Pradhan, Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture), Yangchenla Bhutia, CHO (Namthang), Neelam Dahal, Nutrition Inspector(Namchi), Sophia Lepcha alongwith ICDS supervisors, Anganwadi workers and staff of KVK, Namthang.

Addressing the gathering, Chairman Krishna Gurung said in order to achieve the objectives of Kuposhan Mukt Bharat, collective efforts from the concerned department and grassroots worker is needed. He also emphasized that increased awareness on nutritional diet for young children, pregnant women and lactating women is extremely important especially for masses at grassroots level. He informed that one can also utilized areas available in the household wherein they can grow and consume various vegetables and fruits, this activity can also be a recreational activity for the individual as well.

He also spoke about various benefits of rare breed of chicken ‘Kadaknath’ which is rich in vitamin and proteins and extended his support for ICDS centres and to cater the needs for the supplement as nutritional diet.

IP Shivakoti highlighted about the aims and objectives of NARI. He informed about the various measures with regard to the NARI initiative undertaken by the KVK Namthang focussing on the nutrition sensitive agriculture. He emphasized to promote nutritional literacy, nutri garden in the household and centres of Anganwadi workers to achieve the goal of malnutrition free. In addition, he also informed that the KVK shall provide technical support for the setting up of Nutritional Garden in the centers. He advised to ensure for fruitfulness of the scheme as varieties of nutritional seeds are being distributed for nutritional garden so as to attain the proper nutritional diet for the students.

CDPO, Namchi, Laxman Tamang briefly informed about government schemes that have been introduced and implemented in the District. He said that ICDS centres have also taken up the initiative of Nutritional Garden where seasonal fruits and vegetables are encouraged to grow at home.

He also spoke on the deficiency of nutrition among children and highlighted the efforts of the concerned departments in which the measurement of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Moderate Acute Malnutrition children have also been undertaken in ICDS centres in order to identify and help them attain more healthier life.

To make the students aware about the importance of Nutritional value in one's life, essay writing, drawing and painting competition have been organised in co-ordination with education department.

During the program, the distribution of agriculture tools along with nutritional seeds was handed over to the ICDS supervisors and anganwadi workers by the Chief Guest.

At the outset of program, plantation drive in the premises of KVK was held.

The program saw in-depth lecture on Poshan Maah, Nutri- Garden and Nutritional Diet presented by the technical experts.

A special feature film on the methods of setting up of Nutritional Gardens was also show-cased during the program.