Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi concludes National Nutrition Month-2020

Jammu: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi under the administrative control of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Jammu (SKUAST-J) concluded National Nutrition Month (Rashtriya Poshan Maah)-2020 which was initiated from 1st of September. Different technical sessions on balance nutrition were organized at Chaiter, Malad, Judd, Talwara, etc. of the Reasi district of J&K which were enthuastively attended by a number of farm women, school children, Angadwadi Workers, Supervisors of the ICDS department, etc. of the district. Some online activities were also organized during the program. The event was organized under the able guidance of Director Extension (DE) of SKUAST-J, Dr. S.K. Gupta. All SOPs pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic were strictly followed while conducting the activities. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Banarsi Lal, Incharge, Scientist &Head of KVK, Reasi with the warm welcome of the participants.
He briefed the significance of the National Nutrition Month and said that every year nutritional month is celebrated from 1-30th of September throughout the country by organizing workshops, lectures, seminars, webinars, exhibitions, group discussions, rallies, debates, poster making, etc. to aware the people about the importance of balanced diet for the well being of their health. He spoke on the health of women and children and advised participants to focus on malnutrition and anemia among the women and children so that a healthy society can be made. He informed that more than one–third children in the country are malnourished and there is a dire need to intensify the awareness on the importance of nutrition for the children’s good health which has an impact on development, productivity, economic growth, and ultimately national development.
He stressed on the kitchen gardening and rooftop vegetables gardening to mitigate the vegetable needs of the family. He said that it’s not just what we eat but also how and when we eat also matters for good health. He added that malnutrition is the major obstruction to national development and there is a need to intensify the efforts in battling malnourishment among children and women. He discussed stunting and added that children require special attention for their diet as malnutrition leads to irreversible damage including the brain and intellectual development.
He urged ICDS department officials to work in close co-ordination with KVK, Reasi so that a healthy society can be made. Dr.Suja Nabi Qureshi, Scientist guided women farmers on nutria-gardens, Nutri-thali, and biofortified crops. He said that women should have a balanced diet and should include vitamins such as Vitamins D, B2, B6, B12, and minerals such as iron, folic acid, iodine, and calcium.
He said that the lactating mothers should feed their newborn babies the first milk known as the colostrums and mother milk for the first six months to provide immunity to the newborn babies. He emphasized on the body weight management among the adolescent girls and boys. He informed the participants that underweight born children suffer from various diseases and later on have diseases like heart attacks and diabetes. He added that malnourished children have low Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and impaired cognitive ability by which their school performance is affected.
Adarsh Gupta, DDM, NABARD, Reasi also added that coordinated efforts are needed by the different sectors to eliminate the menace of malnutrition and said that every individual should try to improve his or her nutrition level. He discussed the proteins, vitamins, and minerals and can help in making a balanced diet. In this program vegetable kits, masks were also provided to the participants. During the technical sessions, the participants asked some quarries which were answered by the scientist in a satisfactorily way.