Krishi Vigyan Kendra observes Poshan Maah across the state
Dimapur, Sep. 17 (EMN): The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) observed Poshan Maah across the state on Thursday.
Poshan Maah or Nutrition month under Poshan Abhiyan, a National Nutrition Mission is a government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutrition for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Kohima: To encourage and ensure health and nutrition for everyone, the KVK, Kohima observed the Poshan Maah at its office, with Khekali Sema, ACTO (Horticulture) and Keviyieno Zhasa, technical officer (Home Science) as the speakers.
Sema spoke on the topic: “Awareness on nutritional garden” while Zhasa on “Awareness on Nutri-Thali,” informed an update.
A total of 56 participants attended the programme out of which 30 were anganwadi workers and 26 were farm women representing eight villages under Tseminyu sub-division. The programme culminated with the distribution of seeds.
Mokokchung: KVK under the initiative of ICAR and IFFCO organised a programme, with Dharam Raj, SDO as the special guest.
During the programme which was held with the focus on ‘Poshan’, the the SDO appraised the participants on benefits of having nutri-garden around the households. He also emphasised on care and attention on nutrition value for infants, pregnant and lactating mother.
Dr. Keviletsu Khate, senior scientist and head of KVK Mokokchung highlighting the significance of the event.
During the technical session, topic such as nutri-garden, nutri-thali and bio-fortified varieties were shared by the resource persons, Samuel Sangtam, ACTO (Agronomy), Lentinaro, area co-ordinator (Livelihoods)of of Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission (NSRLM), Changtongya Block and Bendangjungla, ACTO (Genetics Plant and Breeding) respectively.
The programme was followed by distribution of vegetable seeds along with package and practices to the participants.
Wokha: Under the initiative of ICAR-KVK and Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited, KVK organised a programme on Poshan Abhiyaan and Kisan Gosthi with the theme: “Balance diet, Healthy Life” at VDB Hall in Wokha.
Speaking on the theme, Medical Officer (Ayush) Dr. Zechano Ezung said that good nutrition is one of the key components to a healthy life and a balanced diet gives body the nutrients it needs to function and for the growth and development of the body.
She also stressed on the intake of daily calories that contains vitamins and minerals such as fruits, vegetables whole grains dairy to live a healthy and happy life. A balanced diet is an important step towards a happy and healthy life style, as a healthy diet can protect the human body against certain types of diseases, she added.
Highlighting on Poshan Abhiyaan, District Project Assistant of Poshan Abhiyaan, Annie Lotha informed that the programme was started in the year 2018 but in Nagaland it was implemented last year. The mission is to eradicate malnutrition, stunted growth, low birth rate and anaemia by 2022. It targets the age group of 0-6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers. It is a multi convergence programmed under the government of India, she said.
She also informed that so far under Poshan Maah 2020, Wokha district has conducted 170 activities under five block-levels and the participants have crossed the mark of 7k and ranks above average among the other districts of Nagaland.
Emphasising on the importance of kitchen garden, she said it is an essential need because the vegetables and fruits available in markets has harmful chemicals and fertilizers which is harmful for our body.
“This pandemic has taught us the importance to rely more on our organic products than to rely on the markets,” she added.
In the technical session, Thunbgchano S Ezung, TO (Food Technology) spoke on nutritional garden while Women Welfare Officer Dr.Wonchano Enny on nutri-thali and ACTO (Horticulture) highlighted on bio fortified varieties.
Longleng: The KVK, Longleng along with allied departments observed Poshan Maah at EBRC hall with SDO Trongdiba Tongpi as the special guest and Dr. Lily Ngullie, ACTO (A/Sc.) KVK Longleng as chairperson.
The SDO in his address acknowledged the departments and anganwadi workers for rendering their service for the betterment of the society. He encouraged the participants to judiciously and honestly use the funds provided by the government and further urged them to be sincere with the trainings provided by the department.
The special guest also handed over the seeds to the beneficiaries.
CDPO, nodal officer of the district in his speech said that Poshan Maah is celebrated every year under Poshan Abhiyaan. He spoke on identifying “Mam and Fam” and the importance of kitchen gardening. He also appealed to all citizens on starting kitchen gardens in all anganwadi centers.
Lemjan Phom, DFS from NSRLM gave a presentation on nutrition garden and A Namei, KVK briefed on cultivation practices of different vegetable crops.
Mon: In Mon, Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Aboi Lithrila Sangtam attended the programme as the special guest and urged anganwadi workers and progressive farm women to start kitchen garden.
She also spoke on the importance of cultivating year round production, marketing of organic produce, nutritional status of farm women, and significance of Poshan programme, to avail various schemes available and have better linkage with the KVK for technical support.
The EAC also released the Vision 2030 policy article.
The resource persons for the programme were M Murry, technical officer (Farm), Imtinuksung, subject matter specialist (Soil Conservation), Dr. MS Sachan, ACTO (GPB), Dr. Paihem Michui, ACTO (Animal Science), KVK Mon.
The topics covered during the programme were nutri-garden, nutri-thali, bio-fortified varieties in nutrition, packages of practices of vegetables and horticultural crops and method demonstration of nursery raising.
Seeds were also distributed to the participants.
Peren: KVK Peren under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Nagaland observed Poshan Abhiyaan at Jalukie in Peren, with Additional Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tinojungshi Chang as the special guest.
Dr. Chang in his speech stressed on the need of proper nutrition among pregnant, lactating mothers, children and adolescents in order to build a strong and robust nation. He also advised the anganwadi workers to follow Covid-19 SOP while carrying out their duty and also create awareness to the people.
During the technical session, Yezaho Swu, DPD, Atma spoke on nutri-thali, the importance of maintaining nutritional dish for a healthy life while Akam Zeliang, DPD, Atma on nutrition garden for balanced and safe diet and Dr. Patu K Zeliang, ACTO, KVK on bio-fortified foods, a sustainable way to alleviate malnutrition.
Seed packets donated by IFFCO were distributed to the participants.
Phek: The KVK, Phek in association with the department of Social Welfare organised an awareness-cum-capacity development programme for anganwadi workers and farm women.
Senior Scientist Dr. T Esther Longkumer, head in-charge, KVK highlighted the significance of the programme while chairing the programme.
Social Welfare department Supervisor Nyitso Therie elaborated on the importance of nutri-garden for well-being of the rural society, Supervisor Thujotsulu Tetseo spoke on nutri-thali for balance nutrition, Dr. Hannah K Asangla, ACTO (Agronomy) presentated on bio-fortification and bio-fortified crop varieties, and Dr. Rinku Bharali, CTO (Horticulture) briefed the participants on practices for nutritious vegetable crops.
Seed of different vegetables crops provided by IFFCO and planting materials of high yielding vegetable varieties produced at KVK farm were distributed to the anganwadi workers and farm women.
Zakhamo Sakhamo, advisor of Phek District GB Union encouraged the gathering to go for nutritional gardening to boost health and immunity during this Covid-19 situation.
Tuensang: To address malnutrition through awareness and trainings, the KVK, Tuensang conducted an awareness programme on Poshan Abhiyan for anganwadi workers and farm women.
During the programme, topics such as nutri-garden, nutri-thali and bio fortified varieties were discussed.
The programme was also attended by T Kyongo, ex-mla; PH Ramaikolo, SBP district head Poshan Abhiyan; L Tonen Chang, district co-ordinator (PMMVY); Sejong Sangtam, district programme assistant (PMMVY), village council chairmen of Kuthur and Chingmelin village.
With the initiative of ICAR-KVK and IFFCO, seed packets and vegetable saplings were distributedto the participants.