What should be our country's pledge on the World Food Day- 16th October?Every year October 16th is celebrated as the World Food Day. This was the day in the year 1945 on which the Food and Agriculture Organisation of UN came into being. Throughout the world, all the U.N. member countries observe this.
Let us look into our country's food-related issues. According to available information for the financial year 2017-18, out of every 12 persons, one person goes to bed with an empty stomach every day. Based on a study, out of 119 countries, which come under the list of poor nations, India stands at the 100th place. Even after completing 70 years of independence, crores of children and women are suffering from lack of food.
Geographically, we have enough cultivable land to produce sufficient food items needed for all Indians and also to export the balance. The extent of the area we can use for cultivation is just below the area used by the US. About 60% of the landed area is used for this purpose. At the same time, one-third of the starving world population happen to be Indians. About 20 % of our children grow without nutritious food. We waste about 25 to 30 per cent of fruits and vegetables produced, due to different reasons.
So as we observe the World Food Day, we must concentrate on all these basic aspects, especially food production and distribution so that we become self-sufficient as far as growth and distribution of food materials is concerned. Let the pledge be for a new beginning; concentrating on agriculture rather than on science and technology.
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