Record 250 mn tonnes food grain production in
India's food grain
production could touch a record 250 million tonnes in 2011-12,
exceeding the annual target by five million tonnes, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.
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New Delhi: Nearly 30
percent of Indian families have been forced to cut back on food
due to rising prices, while around a quarter of kids go without
food the whole day, according to an NGO.
A study on food inflation and its impact on eating habits,
conducted by Save the Children, was conducted in five countries.
"It is shocking that parents are telling that they cannot buy food
for their children because of high prices. This is destructive for
the child's development as malnutrition is fatal and contributes
to child mortality," Jasmine Whitbread, Save the Children
International CEO, told IANS.
The study was conducted in December and January in Nigeria,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Peru and India. It sampled over 1,000 adults
in rural and urban areas.
"The reason we chose these countries was because the five nations
cover more than half of the world's malnourished children. India
is a growing economy and this survey tells (us) the urgent need to
set goals and measure progress for achieving the millennium
development goals (MDG)," Whitbread added.
Nearly 66 percent respondents in India said rising food prices
have been a pressing concern in 2011, while nearly 17 percent
parents said their children skipped school to go to work and pay
The report says in India and Nigeria, parents struggle to feed
their children. A large section of the population seems unaffected
by the economic progress in these countries.
"Our recommendations include setting up a nutrition mission,
better defining and refining the selection criteria of families
below poverty line and a host of essential interventions to
improve nutritional security of families," said the NGO's India
CEO Thomas Chandy.
Food inflation in India has dipped after remaining high for a long
time. But figures show that though prices of foodgrains have
dipped, those of vegetables, milk, eggs, meat and protein diet
have risen substantially.