New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury today called for promoting cultivation of nutritionally rich coarse cereals and organic food to ensure better health of children and women.
Addressing farmers and participants at the India Organic trade fair here, she said the disruption of traditional modes of agriculture has resulted in a change in the nutritional pattern of the population, leading to 'lifestyle diseases.' Organic diet stresses on traditional food and improves the immune system of the body, she said, adding organic cultivation was a holistic system of agriculture with sustainability as its watchword.
Appreciating the initiative taken by the Panchvati foundation to promote organic food, Ms Chowdhury said her ministry would take steps for sensitisation and training of women agriculture labourers and farmers for adopting organic food cultivation. She also said that schools should only allow fibre rich and organic cultivated food in their canteens for better health of our children.
The four-day Indian Organic trade fair has been organised by the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) in association with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).