PM Modi Promotes 'Superfood Millets' to Fight Widespread Malnutrition in India
07:00 GMT 28.08.2022 (Updated: 20:12 GMT 19.10.2022)
The Indian government data on the prevalence of malnutrition among children and women suggests that 67.1 percent of children under five years of age suffer from anemia, as well as 57 percent of women aged 15-49 years.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked people to increase the use of millet in their food intake in order to fight the high level of malnutrition
in the country.
Describing millets as a "superfood," Modi said that his government is prioritizing research and innovation so that production can be increased.
"Efforts for social awareness play an important role in tackling the challenges of malnutrition. I would urge all of you in the coming nutrition month to take part in the efforts to eradicate malnutrition," Modi said during his monthly radio address, named 'Mann ki Baat.'
The month of September is dedicated in India to a campaign to improve nutrition.
PM Modi voiced his appreciation for start-ups promoting their businesses while offering food items such as cookies and energy bars made-up of millets.
On August 5, in reply to a question in the parliament, the Indian government admitted to a high prevalence of malnutrition among women and children in the country.
As per the National Family Health Survey-5, 35.5 percent of children up to five years suffer from stunted growth, while 32 percent of children are underweight. Furthermore, the prevalence of undernutrition
among women aged 15-49 is 18.7 percent.
The Narendra Modi government launched its POSHAN Abhiyaan (Nutrition Program) in March 2018 to improve the nutritional status of children under six years, adolescent girls, pregnant women, and lactating mothers in a time-bound manner by adopting a synergized and result-oriented approach.
The government allocated around $3 billion for the program in 2022-23.