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Nutri-garden inaugurated in Hailakandi district
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Hailakandi DC Megh Nidhi Dahal at the nutri-garden. – Photo: Satananda Bhattacharjee
 HAILAKANDI, Sept 11 - Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Megh Nidhi Dahal formally inaugurated a nutri-garden at Bahadurpur Anganwadi Centre No.189 on Thursday in the presence of District Social Welfare Officer Jyotirmoy Daimary and other officials.

 Dahal also sowed seeds in a plot of land at Bahadurpur Anganwadi Centre under the ICDS Project, Hailakandi.

Daimary said the programme under the theme ‘Rog Niramoy Vatika’ will be carried out in selected 50 Anganwadi centres and is part of a large-scale programme on addressing undernutrition, anaemia, stunting, and wasting in the district.

“Our aim is to make Hailakandi malnutrition-free. The project is targeted at lactating mothers, pregnant women, under-five children and adolescent girls,” said Daimary, adding, “Nutri-garden is one of the strategies to improve the dietary diversity of rural communities in Hailakandi district.”

Rajat Chakraborty, district coordinator, Poshan, said the concept of a nutri-garden, similar to a kitchen garden, is a cost-effective model for growing nutrient-rich crops for personal as well as community consumption to promote good health and well-being. “This helps tackle both under-nutrition and over-nutrition by adopting a sustainable life cycle approach,” added Chakraborty.

In nutri-gardens, the focus is on nutrition, and thus, planning is essential, said Daimary. Seeds of carrot, tomatoes, chilli, orange, brinjal, lemon, coriander leaf, spinach, etc., will be sowed in the 50 identified Anganwadi centres and community land. The programme that began on Thursday will continue till September 27.

The Social Welfare Department is the nodal department with Agriculture, KVK and ASRLM being the partner departments.

According to the 2015-16 National Family Health Survey, 47.2 per cent of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam. About 32.5 per cent of the children aged below five in Hailakandi are underweight. The average figure for Assam is 30 per cent.

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