KVK Samba celebrates National Nutritional week

Time & Us
Last Updated: September 8, 2017 at 1:33 am

SAMBA: igyan Kendra Samba, under the aegis of Directorate of Extension, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies Jammu (SKUAST-J), organised series of activities to celebrate the National Nutrition Week.

The week long celebrations held at Arazi, Samba witnessed participation of a large number of adolescent girls and women.   The theme of the National Nutrition Week for 2017 was “Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health”. The basic objective of this event was to intensify awareness generation on the importance of nutrition for health which has an impact on development, productivity, economic growth and ultimately National development. The programme was conducted under the   supervision of Dr R.K.Arora, ADE(KVKs) SKUAST Jammu.

The valedictory function started with the introduction of Krishi Vigyan Kendra by Dr Vinod Gupta, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK Samba. He discussed the mandate and functions of KVK as an institute for development of the farming community. He urged that cooperation and coordination of stakeholders was very important to make people aware about the different projects of KVKs.

Dr Neerja Sharma spoke about integrated nutrition diet for women. She also laid emphasis on nutrition which is an issue of survival, health and development for current and succeeding generations. She informed the participants that Child born underweight have impaired immune function and increased risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases in their later life.

Dr Sanjay Khajuria underlined that  improving the nutritional status of the population is imperative for National Development. “Malnutrition among young children continues to be a major public health problem in India.

Dr Shalini put thrust on keeping check on malnutrition which is not to be viewed merely as an offshoot of poverty but as a national problem that results in loss of productivity and economic backwardness.