World Food Day celebrated in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Oct 16 (UNI) Meghalaya today celebrated World Food Day to spread awareness on safety and hygiene in the small, cottage and unorganised sectors, including the roadside eateries.

Speaking on the occasion, Food and Nutrition Board Demonstration Officer N Baishya said they would urge the Member Nations of the FAO to distribute food items to the needy as the UN has recognised the Right to Food for every person.

He said India has achieved the production target to sustain the population, yet there are still 25 million children in the country, who were suffering from malnutrition.

The Centre had started the Mid-Day meal programme in cooperation with state governments to meet the food demand of children aged 0-6 years.

These two programmes, together with other schemes adopted by the Ministry of Health&Family Welfare, would improve the health status of the school-going children in the country, Mr Baishya said.

The objectives of the Right to Food is to reduce by half the number of undernourished people in the world by the year 2015.

UNI

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