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National Webinar on “Role of Balanced Nutrition to Mitigate Malnutrition” organized

 26th September, 2020, Ludhiana

ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Insatiate (ICAR-ATARI), Ludhiana organized a National Webinar on “Role of Balance Nutrition to mitigate Malnutrition” on 26th September 2020. The webinar was conducted with the main objective of creating awareness and importance of nutrition for wellbeing of the people which has a large impact on development, productivity and economic growth of the nation.

Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Agri. Ext.) and chief guest of webinar briefed about the flagship programme of Poshan Abhiyan in improving the nutritional need of children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers. He also highlighted the main theme of this mission “Sahi Poshan to Desh Rosan”. He lauded the role of KVKs in making awareness about the proper nutrition and way to mitigate malnutrition. He visualized the importance of nutri-cereals in addressing the malnutrition.

Mrs. Raji P Shrivastava, Principal Secretary, Social Security and Women & Child Development, Government of Punjab highlighted that during Covid-19, the people of Punjab are not only struggling with pandemic but also suffering with of anemia. The main cause for malnutrition is the use of packaged foods by mothers. She also highlighted that awareness about diversity in food which was prevalent during ancient times should be highlighted. She further said that this kind of webinar helps in bridging the gap between farm-women, Anganwadi workers, extension workers and scientists and they could work in convergence mode to reach last mile.

Dr. Vilas A Tonapi, Director, ICAR-IIMR, Hyderabad and special guest of the webinar, shared information about importance of nutri-cereals and he also laid stressed upon the collaboration with ATARIs to provide information about nurti-cereals at grass root level to mitigate malnutrition.

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana gave an account of importance of making nutrition literacy among rural masses by the KVKs and urged to work in convergence mode with Anganwadi workers for larger impact at grass root level.

More than 500 delegates from KVKs, CDPOs and Aganwari workers from all parts of country participated during the webinar with great zeal. Special interaction session was arranged on need of nutri-cereals, nutri-thali and traditional dishes during the session.