Aligarh: The department of Community Medicine, JNMC, AMU sent a team of 22 Post Graduates and three Medico-social workers to attend a lecture so that they can be sensitized on envisioning dietary diversification for every household by eliminating micronutrient deficiency and achieving an iron deficiency-free world through rice fortification. The lecture was organized by the World Food Programme in collaboration with New Concept Information System Pvt. Ltd. at DM Collectorate.
Keynote speaker Mr Niranjana Kumar representing the Food and Agricultural Organization, spoke on the composition and advantages of fortified rice with respect to the status of malnutrition in India.
The fortified rice will be made available to the public through ration shops, expected in Aligarh from March the next year. He added.
The department of Community Medicine will take the lead in spreading awareness about fortified rice so that the community may increase the consumption of rice, said Prof Mehnaz, Chairman, Department of Community Medicine.
The lecture was also attended by Selva Kumari, IAS; District Magistrate of Aligarh along with other district officials.