FAO provides US$27 Mn to boost school nutrition programme | Daily News

FAO provides US$27 Mn to boost school nutrition programme

The economic crisis in the country and the rise in food prices and food shortages have greatly affected the nutrition of schoolchildren.

Taking this matter into consideration, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has agreed to provide US$27 million to a programme to strengthen the nutrition of schoolchildren in the primary sections of islandwide schools.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health as well as the National Food Promotion Board have jointly planned to provide a lunch with the fortified rice. A discussion on this matter was held on Tuesday (13) at the Ministry of Agriculture under the patronage of Agriculture, Wild Life and Forest Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. Ministry officials as well as Health and Education Ministry officials also participated. Fortified rice containing folic acid, iron and vitamins will be provided for this lunch to increase the nutrition of schoolchildren.

Accordingly, one school child will be given 75 grams of rice per day. Minister Amaraweera instructed officials who participated in the discussion to take steps to provide one egg per day to all the children who are given this rice meal.



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