Gangtok, September 10, 2013
In an effort to comply with the National Nutrition Policy, 1993; Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR Sikkim Centre, Ranipool, East Sikkim organised a Statelevel Workshop on “Food security for healthy life” on 7th September, 2013, the culmination day of National Nutrition Week- 2013 in convergence with Food & Nutrition Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India and Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, Govt. of Sikkim.
Amidst the recent landmark achievement in the national food policy through the enforcement of Food Security Bill, 2013; this workshop rightly justified its significance with the participation of the various state and central govt. agencies like ICDS, Nutrition, Health, Education, Agriculture departments of the state, ICAR along with NGOs having different sectoral responsibilities under National Nutrition Policy, 2013. More than 60 delegates from the different departments of the state, KVK and scientists from ICAR Sikkim Centre also participated in the workshop.
Inaugurating the workshop G. P. Upadhyaya, IAS, Principal Secretary, Deptt. of SJEW, Govt. of Sikkim lauded the efforts of ICAR scientists to make India surplus in food grain production to the tune of more than 260 million tonnes per annum and expressed satisfaction over the capacity of food grain storage by FCI, which is much more than the buffer requirement of our country. Highlighting the recent Food Security Bill, 2013, he envisaged that this Bill would give legal enforcement right to all citizens to have easy access to enough, safe and nutritious food.
Reminiscing over the pre-green revolution era, Dr. R. K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR Sikkim Centre, the Special Guest of the function said that India has made a quantum jump from subsistence agriculture to intensive agriculture through the research accomplishments of the scientists in the form of HYV, improved crop management technologies like SRI, ICM, IPM, IWM and post harvest management etc.
While highlighting the food security status of Sikkim, Dr. Avasthe remarked that the per capita availability of food grain of the state is sufficient for about four months at the present total food grain production of 103 thousand tonnes. He called upon the scientists to face the challenges of climate change by conservation of local germplasms and adopt participatory mode of research for addressing the problems of food security.
In her address K. K. Subba, Director, ICDS, Govt. of Sikkim; the Guest of Honour of this workshop narrated the need based programmes of ICDS to reach the grass-root level to eradicate the problem of under nourished and malnourished children, women and adults in the society. She also stressed upon the nutritional gardening, roof-top gardening and kitchen gardening to bring household food and nutritional security of the small farmers.
Initiating the programme Dr. A. K. Mohanty, Programme Coordinator, KVK, ICAR Sikkim Centre, Ranipool, East Sikkim gave brief note on the importance of observing National Nutrion Week-2013 with special emphasis upon the theme “Food security for healthy life” and narrated the role of KVK in the food security mission in collaboration with other line departments.
P. K. Mishra, Demonstration Officer, Food & Nutrition Board, Govt. of India during his briefing highlighted various nutritional issues for wider dissemination in society. He said that malnutrition is an impending disaster for our nation in the food front that causes huge losses to the country’s economy, hence that should be tackled in a convergent mode with the involvement of all sectoral agencies.
In the technical session important lectures related to the theme of the workshop were delivered by the resource persons from Deptt. of FS&AD, Govt. of Sikkim; faculty from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science, Gangtok; Food & Nutrition Board, Govt. of India and KVK, ICAR Sikkim. G. D. Sharma, Joint Director, ICDS delivered the welcome address and J. K. Diyali, Joint Director, ICDS, Deptt. of SJEW, Govt. of Sikkim extended vote of thanks.