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Backyard Gardening Can Grow You More Health And Nutrition

The adoption of backyard gardening has been identified as a method for improving access to nutritious vegetables and fruits. Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Jitendra Singh challenged the 50 officials from
15 Jun 2017 11:00
Backyard Gardening Can Grow You More Health And Nutrition
Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Jitendra Singh.

The adoption of backyard gardening has been identified as a method for improving access to nutritious vegetables and fruits.

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Jitendra Singh challenged the 50 officials from various ministries and non-government organisations attending a three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop on Organic Home Gardening at the Koronivia Research Station yesterday to follow suit.

Mr Singh while opening the workshop said organic fruits and vegetables address the social and economic effects of issues like Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) while at the same time it addresses issues related to the nation’s food security and livelihood.

“The Ministry of Agriculture is mandated by the Government to oversee the development and growth of the agriculture sector. It is responsible for guiding Government’s overall agricultural policy which is focused on reducing imports, increasing competitive exports, improving food security including nutrition,” Mr Singh said.

The ToT Workshop is coordinated by the National Food and Nutrition Centre (NFNC).

Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, NFNC, community leaders and other line ministries are attending the ToT Workshop.

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