Quote of the Day (21-04-2014)

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“We should move from “food security” to “nutritional security” through steps such as getting nutrient-rich minor millets like ragi, besides introducing bio-fortified varieties of crops into the food basket. Food Security Act will ensure that all needing social protection against hunger will be able to get the needed calories. However, we have to attend to other nutritional problems such a protein hunger & hidden hunger caused by deficiency of micro-nutrients such as iron, zinc, iodine & Vitamin-A. Nutritional security involves both food & non-food factors such as attention to balanced diet & ensuring clean drinking water as well as sanitation. A year between 2018 & 2020 should be observed as the ‘international year of bio-fortified & under-utilised crops’. Ragi is being described as a “coarse cereal” due to “colonial hangover”, there was nothing coarse about ragi. Instead, it is a “climate-smart nutrient cereal.” The future belongs to the countries with grains and not guns. Because you can purchase guns, but not grains.”                           -Agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan

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