Lolab – World Food Day was observed at Chandigam and Kalaroos areas of Lolab in Kupwara District on Tuesday. The event was organised by agriculture department on the theme Agricultural Cooperative – Key to feed the world.
The event was attended by people from all the walks with majority of farming community.
Speaking on the occasion, several technocrats of the department emphasised that there is an unequal distribution of food around the world, and that due to this imbalance in distribution, some countries in the world have abundance of food while others have very little and suffer from shortages.
They said that objective of the day was aimed at creating awareness about latest research and technology for enhancing food production to overcome hunger.
Besides it was stressed to empower the cooperatives as they help members to achieve shared social, cultural and economic aspirations.
They further said that the group activities of the Profit-sharing, cost-saving, risk-sharing and income-generation provide members of cooperatives with better bargaining power in the market place and a collective voice in negotiating with policy makers on issue that affect their lives.
On the occasion of Bilal Ahmad Shah from agriculture department elaborated on how excess consumption of junk foods causes overweight problem, and reduced appetite for regular meals.
He said it is important to make children aware of the importance of healthy food, like if they eat fruits and vegetables they will be able to concentrate more on studies, and that they will grow stronger if they consume milk.
He advised the audience to encourage children to eat all food groups, especially vegetables, green leafy vegetables and fruits in any form in the daily diet.
It was impressed upon the farming community to create and strengthen cooperatives to improve the lives of members and those of their families and communities.
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