Agriculture department observes ‘world food day’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/16/2020 12:21:55 PM IST

Department of Agriculture observed “World Food Day” on October 16 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the  United Nations (UN) at the directorate conference hall Kohima and Kupuhe village under the theme, “smart solutions for healthy diets” and “To Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together” respectively.

According to a press release, Dr. I Amenla highlighted on the importance and objectives of the theme and encouraged stakeholders to make sure that they grow a variety of food to nourish growing population and sustain the planet together, choosing healthy and nutritious food.
Dr. I Amenla  also said it was important to recognise, respect and support “food heroes”, the farmers who put every effort to ensure the food security. 
She also added that farmers have not failed to produce and therefore need to reach to farmers to build the chain link to promote healthy and nourished livelihood.
Dr. Amenla also challenged the staff to uplift the small and marginal farmers. 
During the programme, director of agriculture, M Ben Yanthan gave a background and highlighted on how “world food day” was started.
Joint director, Hewoto Sumi also presented PowerPoint presentation on “hunger” during the programme.
In commemoration of the day, the department also visited good samaritan senior citizen’s home at Merima, Kohima.
SDAO Medziphema sub-division: Department of Agriculture celebrated ‘World Food Day’ under the theme on October 16 at Kupuhe village under Medziphema sub-division.
In a press release, SDAO office Medziphema sub-division stated that SDAO Medziphema, Rosemary Ezung pointed out that 2020 World Food Day main objective is to raise awareness of areas and communities whose access to food has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 
It also focused on food workers, who work hard to produce healthy and sustainable food and called for global solidarity to help the most vulnerable people recover and make food system more sustainable and shock resilient. 
Rosemary Ezung further urged upon the villagers to be more responsible and more involved to grow and produce more variety of foods to nourish a growing population and sustain the planet Earth.
Agriculture officer, Jaksungnaro thoroughly explained on the package and practices of field pea, while Agriculture inspector, Nungsangmongba elaborated on Gram. 
Vote of thanks was pronounced by AFA, Ayula and followed by distribution of rabi seeds to the villagers.

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