April 8, Thimphu: A consultation meeting on Vegetable Go To School (VeGoTs ) Project was held at Hotel Rochogpel with nine delegates from Nepal Vegetable Go To School Project, official from Policy and Planning Division and country’s team members from the Department of School Health and Nutrition and Department of Agriculture (DoA). The meeting was chaired by Ganesh Chhetri, the Offtg. Director General of DoA.
The meeting shared the experiences and update on the project achievements implemented in last three years with funding from Asian Vegetable Research Development Center (AVRDC) Taiwan through Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC).
The Chairperson highlighted the importance of school agriculture and its benefits of growing vegetables for nutrition supplement in the schools and food security. He highlighted that 20 percent of vegetable and egg produces are contributed through School Agriculture Program (SAP) in schools. After phasing out of World Food Program (WFP), SAP has to shoulder the shared responsibility to supplement vegetable produce to feeding schools.
The Nepalese team presented on effect of school vegetable gardening on knowledge, preference and consumption of vegetables in schools in Nepal. The Bhutanese team presented the preliminary findings of the research done for first phase and presented the outcomes of the Project. The delegates also visited Dechentsemo Central School and Shengana Lower Secondary School in Punakha. The programme was organised and initiated by VeGoTs project under SAP, DoA.
-Submitted by Thinley Dukpa, VeGoTs Project
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