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Poshan Abhiyan Programme organised

Union Ministry of Women and Child Development announced to observe September 2020 as the National Nutrition Month to mark the country’s fight against malnutrition with an aim to send a message of nutrition Sahi Poshan-Desh Roshan’ to every household in the district. National nutrition month is being celebrated by 69 Krishi Vigyan Kendra's of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana from 1st to 30th Sept. 2020 with an aim to create awareness about combating malnutrition through various interventions like nutri-garden, biofortified food, awareness about consumption of animal origin products among farm families etc.

On 17th September 2020, ICAR-ATARI in collaboration with IFFCO organized an interface on “Health and Nutritional Awareness among farm women” The programme was organized to sensitize the gross root level workers about the importance of balanced nutrition for pregnant women, lactating mothers, adolescent girls and children. During the programme Mrs. Ravinder Pal Kaur, CDPO, Ludhiana appraised the major activities carried out by the Aganwari workers in their adopted villages. She also mentioned that during the pandemic of COVID-19 the dry ration being provided to children and vulnerable mothers. Dr. Preeti Mamgai, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana discussed about the importance of green leafy vegetables in eradicating anemia and the awareness about various medicinal and nutrient rich foods which are naturally fortified with various minerals and vitamins. She also explained the necessity of nutri-garden in Aganwari centres for creating awareness among young mothers and children. Dr. Pragya, Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana, in her deliberation motivated the grass root workers towards the consumption of animal’s origin products and their incorporation in the diet by value addition for better nutrition. Guest of honour Sh. Bahadur Singh, State Marketing Manager, IFFCO, Punjab briefed the gathering about the role of IFFCO in capacity building of Aganwari workers as well as farm women. He also praised the Aganwari workers for fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic and addressed them as COVID Warriors.

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana and Chief Guest of the programme welcome all the Aganwari workers in the institute and in his address he spoke about the functioning of the institute in three states and two union territories’ and further he mentioned about the role of women in creation of awareness about soil health cards, combating the problem of crop residue burning at grass root level. Director also appraised the workers about the awareness being created by the KVKs in all the districts of the state about nutrition and nutri-gardens.

A booklet was also released during the interface programme and vegetable kits and sanitization kits were also distributed among the Aganwari workers. About 25 Aganwari workers, IFFCO staff and staff from ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana attended the programme. In addition, all the KVKs of Zone-I celebrated the Poshan Abhiyan Programme with great zeal and about 4306 participants attend the programmes organized by the KVKs on 17th September 2020.