One out of four children up to five years is suffering from malnutrition in India. Thus, eggs can help a lot in combating the malnutrition. The high nutrition contents are available in egg as it is a very good source of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, B12, Amino acid and Folate, Iron, Phosphorus & Selenium. The recent research shows that it is helpful in reducing blindness. This was said by Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh.
The Minister was speaking at a function on World Egg Day organised by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India in New Delhi. Singh said on the occasion that awareness should be created among the people about the nutrition values of eggs. Doctors, nutrition specialists, academicians, women and child institutes, egg processing industries and related policy makers can play a vital role in this.
He said that the per capita egg availability is India is 63 per year India while National Institute of Nutrition recommends to have at least 180 eggs per person in a year. Though India is one of the leading egg producer countries in the world with 83 billion eggs, but the deficit remains big due to huge demand.
He said that in order to increase egg production by three times many steps have been taken so that health of the children improves and poultry farmers get benefits. Government of India is promoting poultry farming through National Livestock Mission. Financial assistance is being given to the BPL families for poultry farming. Poultry farming is being promoted under the component of entrepreneurship development and employment generation.
He said that National Egg Coordination Committee, Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association of India, Animal Health Companies, Poultry Federation of India and Poultry Association have played a vital role in this programme. The poultry farmers and various stakeholders were participating in this function.