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Soyamilk best to prevent malnutrition, says Chhattisgarh minister Agrawal

RAIPUR: In a national seminar held on Soyamilk, agriculture minister Brijmohan Agrawal said that soyamilk is best vegetable alternative to prevent malnutrition and for better health of women. He called upon the scientists came from different states and the officers to take responsibility of spreading the message of this seminar among people.

The minister said that awareness towards soyabean production in remote areas could be possible only when wide publicity of the nutritious and medicinal quality of soyabean was done in local languages. Soyabean should be made available in the midday meal and Aanganbadis also, he added.

Special guest, home, jail and PHED minister Ramsevak Paikra said to provide soyamilk to armed forces and jail inmates also. Because of its less production cost, he termed soyamilk as a multi-dimensional nutritious food in comparison to cattle milk.

This national seminar on the nutritious quality of soyamilk was jointly organised by Indian Diatric Association (IDA) and Chhattisgarh Industrial and Technical Consultancy Centre (CITCOM) at Tal Gateway Hotel on Sunday. Scientists from the country and the state, specialists, professors, students and other prominent citizens participated in the seminar. The programme was inaugurated with the welcome of guests by Dr Rashmi Minz, president IDA Chhattisgarh Chapter. Agriculture minister Brijmohan Agrawal was the chief guest of the seminar, while home minister Ramsevak Paikra was the special guest.

Giving information on Soyamilk, director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad Dr Kalpagam Polasa and president, IDA Dr Rekha Sharma said that soyabean has high quantity of protein, which is highly profitable to health. Soya products increase the resistance power, decrease cholesterol, prevent breast cancer and gives power to fight diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, they added.

Brijmohan Agrawal said that policy makers at national level should consider on it, so that it might become an effective weapon to fight malnutrition. Mementoes were given away to the guests and souvenir of the seminar was released on the occasion.