Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh
- 19 Nov 2019
- 2 min read
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK) in New Delhi.
- The BPKK will be a repository of diverse crops across agro-climatic zones in India for better nutritional outcomes.
- The country has been broadly divided into fifteen agricultural regions based on agro climatic features, particularly soil type, climate including temperature and rainfall and its variation and water resources.
- During the launch event, the father of the Green Revolution in India, M S Swaminathan put forward the five-point action programme for making India nutrition secure. These are:
- Ensure calorie rich diet for women, expectant mothers and children.
- Ensure intake of proteins in the form of pulses to eradicate protein hunger in women and children.
- Eradicate hidden hunger due to deficiency of micronutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B, Iron and Zinc.
- Ensure clean drinking water supply.
- Spreading nutrition literacy in every village particularly in mothers with children less than 100 days’ old.
- The five point action programme also aligns with different Sustainable Development Goals such as SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well Being) and SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).
- The Government has launched programmes such as POSHAN Abhiyaan and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) to tackle malnutrition prevalent in the country.