Meghalaya Governor Banwari Lal Purohit on Friday urged agricultural scientists in the country to conduct a thorough research on the nutritional aspects of local delicacies.
"Research should be conducted on the nutritional aspects of local delicacies which have enormous nutrients," Purohit said while inaugurating a two-day national seminar on nutrition sensitive agriculture. He said the change in culture has led to a change in food habits, which ultimately leads to a malnourished nation.
He harped on the fact that local delicacies have enormous nutrients, which needs to be identified. The Governor said soil nutrients should be checked so that healthy harvest can be achieved. "If the soil is deprived of nutrients, the soul of the soil is lost. Scientist should aim to create a viable agriculture," he said. Arunachal Pradesh Governor P B Acharya highlighted the importance of agriculture, which is nutrition-sensitive. "Agriculture should be nutrition sensitive and nutrition should reach the plates of every citizen," Acharya said.
He emphasised that local and traditional foods should be promoted as every region has a special nutritional aspect and requirement and said the aim should not only be to achieve food security but also to ensure that a balanced diet is received by every Indian.