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Awareness campaign on fortified rice conducted at Dimapur

Nagaland News

Dimapur, November 20: The department of Food & Civil Supplies, in collaboration with Centre for Health Research Innovation (CHRI) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) Foundation as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, organised an awareness campaign on fortified rice on November 20.

Advisor to Food and Civil Supplies, Pukhayi Sumi, gracing the programme as special guest, said that the programme is being conducted to promote rice fortification to address the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in the State.
He also said that fortified rice has been identified as one of the key interventions by the Government of India which has now become part of National Flagship Programme like POSHAN Abhiyaan and Anaemia Mukht Bharat as a preventive strategy to tackle anaemia which is a cost-effective, culturally appropriate strategy to address micro nutrient deficiency.
Satakshie Sharma of CHRI said that rice fortification refers to a process of adding nutrients such as iron, folic acid etc., to regular rice keeping in mind the dietary requirements to improve the nutritional quality of food and to provide public health benefit.
She said that rice being India’s staple food, fortifying it with micro nutrients became an option to supplement the diet of the people.
Highlighting the benefits of fortified rice to the gathering, she encouraged them to consume the rice which would be available for all beneficiaries through public distribution system without any hesitation.(Page News Service )