Speakers emphasize investment for food security

HYDERABAD:The speakers at a seminar on Monday have emphasized the need of establishing a balanced and healthy food supply chain to meet food requirements of all segments of the society adding that another essential imperative in the regard was to create awareness of quality food production in the country.

They said it was fundamental responsibility of states to ensure the access of every individual to quality and standard food within their territories.

They said this while addressing a seminar titled “Change the future of the masses by investing in food security” which was organized by the Institute of Biochemistry University of Sindh, Jamshoro to mark World Food Day 2017.

Speaking on the occasion, the Director of Institute of Biochemistry Prof. Dr. Allah Bux Ghanghro said that all stakeholders, including farmers, food manufacturers and distributors must play their due role in addressing food crisis in the country.

He maintained that the time was ripe to adopt contemporary techniques in food cultivation and utilizing scientific measures to produce healthy crops to meet the food requirements of the growing population of Pakistan.

He urged the authorities to check use of unhygienic and polluted water for irrigating the crops and unnecessary use of pesticides.

The Director Centre of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry Prof. Dr. Shahabuddin Memon in his remarks said that the scientists and the teachers should play their mandatory role to create awareness among masses regarding food and other challenges so that the future of new generation could be secured.

He said the departments of biochemistry and food technology at the University of Sindh were actively in the consistent process of undertaking research to formulate recommendations, which he said would be communicated to the policy-makers to contribute in efforts aimed at providing healthy food to the nation.

On the occasion, the organizer of the event Prof. Dr. Naseem Aslam Channa informed the participants about the impacts of shortage of food on human life.

He said society could be saved from mental and physical disabilities by using food ingredients having vitamin D, calcium and minerals. “Good food can bring about positive change in our behavior”, he said and maintained that human health could be improved by adding calcium, iron, proteins, fibers and vitamins in daily food intake.

Later, an awareness walk to sensitize public on food hygiene was held in which students, faculty and people from different walks of life participated.