UMIAM (MEGHALAYA), June 26 - Next time you step into a restaurant the menu might well have �Bharatiya or Bharat Thali� listed in it that nutritional and agricultural experts would be designing.
This was one of the recommendations that experts adopted in the Umiam (Shillong) Declaration on Saturday at the conclusion of the two-day seminar on �Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture� at Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) Complex, Umiam.
The declaration stated that the �Bharatiya� or �Bharat thali� should be designed by experts from the stream of agriculture and nutrition after setting an Independent Technology Mission (ITM).
Moreover, it was also resolved to recommend to the Central Government to launch a National Indigenous Food Initiative (NIFI) to identify traditional foods loaded with nutritional benefits.
According to the declaration, the mission of the NIFI should be the identification of traditional and regional food with their nutritional benefits for further incorporation into regional diets.
�It was always designed by the woman in-charge of the kitchen according to the local climate, local cropping patterns and cultural food patterns,� the declaration pointed out.
The declaration therefore recommends that a holistic approach needs to be adopted towards providing food and nutrition to every Indian. �And this can be achieved by following the philosophy of integral humanism,� the declaration stated.
The seminar was organised by ICAR Research Complex in collaboration with Deendayal Research Institute, Chitrakoot.