National Nutrition programme conducted


JAMMU, Sept13: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Poonch of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science & Technology of Jammu conducted programme on National Nutrition Month at KVK Poonch campus in collaboration with Govt. Degree College Poonch.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ajay GuptaI/c. Sr. Scientist & Head, said that the objective of the programme was to create awareness about the importance of nutrition for good health which has far-reaching implications on economic growth and National Development.
Speaking about the problem of malnutrition in India, he said that as per NFHS-IV data, India scored fairly low on nutrition index with about 42.8 % children under the age of 5 are reported underweight and 42 % of children under 5 are stunted and another 9.2 % of children under 5 are severely. The programme was attended by more than fifty studends.
Dr. Muzaffar Mir, Scientist, Horticulture on this occasion highlighted the need for sensitizing rural and household women regarding importance of nutritional food, vegetables and fruits in human diet.
He informed that malnutrition is a serious problem in Poonch District among adolescent girls, pregnant women and children.
While highlighting the importance of vit. and minerals in human nutrition, he elaborate the role of fruits and vegetables to overcome the deficiencies caused malnutrition.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Fateh Abassi, Professor, Govt. degree College Poonch, appealed the KVK to organize the much needed awareness programme about Nutrition particularly for women's and adolescent girls.
The programme ended with the vote of thanks presentedby Dr. Muneeshwar Sharma, SMS Plant Protection.

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