Tsirang: With a theme, ‘Change the future of migration: Invest in food security and rural development,’ the World Food Day (WFD) was celebrated in Damphu Central School (DCS) on October 16. It is observed every year across the world to mark the foundation day of FAO which works against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo stressed the importance of the School Agriculture Program (SAP) in ensuring food security in schools which is one of the successful initiatives in place to supplement nutrition. While highlighting the importance of celebrating WFD, he also shared the opportunities in agriculture farming. He added that rural development and food self sufficiency are among the top priorities in the 12th five year plan.
As a part of the celebration, the importance of consuming fortified rice, meat and the right amount of salt intake were shared. The theme related awareness programs were also organised including a Dzongkha skit by DCS and farmer quiz along with cultural dances.
The event also presented the SAP literary and poster awards in categories such as focal agriculture teacher (FAT), higher secondary school (HSS), middle secondary school (MSS),
lower secondary school (LSS), IV-VI and PP-III. Sonam Rinzin from the Yelchen Central School, Pemagatshel bagged the FAT award; Mongar HSS bagged both HSS and MSS categories while Bitekha MSS won the LSS category. Dechen HSS and Yangchen Gatshel LSS in Thimphu bagged the award in IV-VI and PP-III categories respectively.
The best SAP farm awards were bagged by DCS, Wanakha Central School in Paro, Wangbama Central School in Thimphu and Lharing Primary School in Sarpang in higher, middle, lower and primary categories respectively. Zangkhar Primary School in Lhuentse has won the best model school farm title. The winners were awarded with cash prizes along with trophies, certificates and medals.
In addition, an exhibition was held highlighting food, RNR products and useful information. The stalls demonstrating a domestic turkey breed, Beltsville small white; goat breed, Beetal; drip irrigation, water harvesting, bio digester and vermin-compost attracted many visitors. Further, local products such as improved egg, rice and lentil and cuisines were also available for display and sale. The National Mushroom Centre, BDBL, REDCL, Sherub Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Division (MoHLR) also took part in exhibition helping visitors to understand various available opportunities.
Representatives from the Ministries of Education and Agriculture, WFP, FAO, Tsirang Dzongkhag Administration Tsirang along with focal agriculture teachers, students, gups and farmers also attended the program. It was organised by SAP, Department of School Education, FAO and WFP with technical support from Tsirang Dzongkhag Administration.
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