Food Fest on Mid Day Meal held at West Garo Hills district

Ram Singh, DC of West Garo Hills and Chenxiang Marak, Associate at NESFAS: Orientation about NESFAS’ works

The NESFAS team in West Garo Hills district held a Food Festival on Mid Day Meals on Tuesday at the Megonggre S.S.A L.P. school, West Garo Hills. Deputy Commissioner of the district Ram Singh graced the occasion with his presence and took part in the agrobiodiversity walk that took place in the morning.

He said, “Garo Hills has the richest diversity despite that women and school-going children suffer from anaemia if consumption of traditional food is enhance this can be soon reduced but also used of cooking soda should be reduced because it inhibits the absorption of  iron if traditional ‘Karchi’ is continue to be use like forefathers it will to some extent   reduced nutrient loss of food.”

Around 40 students, from three school, participated in the ABD walk and identified 15 species of food plants within 100 meters of walking. Ram Singh also participated during ABD walk and collected wild edibles from Megonggre community to motivate cooks to use local resources as a part of the mid-day meal in school.

Agrobiodiversity walk

Cooks from Ganol Songma and Ganol Apal, brought in fresh produce to the competition to incorporate them in the MDM. They also collected wild edibles from Megonggre community. The cooks strategically planned the recipes within a short time to cook so as to implement in future for mid-meal menu to enhance nutrition in school using local resources during the programme.

The cooks as a part of the food safety and hygiene used basic safety tools like gloves and head gear which shows that the training during cooking demonstration is followed. Within two and a half hours, the cooks completed all the recipes and cooking. Ganol Songma cooks managed to cook eight types of food items, where as cooks from Ganol Apal cooked six. On the other hand, cooks from Megonggre  cooked seven food items.

Dr Meril N Sangma (NESFAS board member) and Chenxiang Marak (NESFAS associate) judged the competition and awareded the first prize to Halitha A Sangma cook of Ganol Songma L.P. School.

Winner of the food fest: Halitha A Sangma cook of Ganol Songma L.P. School

Students of MSW Department, NEHU, Tura

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  1. It is very heartening to see the Head of the District taking time to be involved in an agrobiodiversity walk with local students and young people. His advice is spot on and we in NESFAS should play our role to initiate more discussions at the community level regarding the use of cooking soda amongst Garo communities.

    Chenxiang Rimchi Marak is a staff member of NESFAS and also a TIP Fellow who is making a difference in her communities as she tries to help them to self organise themselves to improve their well being by using the local resources, traditional knowledge and contemporary science that is sensitive to the culture and biodiversity of the local people.

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