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NGO holds fair in Tura to promote indigenous foods

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TURA, March 15 - The North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) held a one-day fair here today on local foods, fruits and vegetables in an effort to promote sustainable development of the sector in the region.

The fair attracted a steady stream of visitors who were witness to the interesting diversity of local foods, fruits and vegetables on display.

NESFAS is currently working on projects in the States of Nagaland and Meghalaya with a target of empowering 130 villages across the two States. A total of 15 villages from Garo Hills will be a part of the programme.

�We would like to enhance indigenous food systems, encourage nutrition, promote sustainable livelihoods and food security with special focus on women, youth, adolescent girls and community elders,� said senior associate of NESFAS, Janakpreet Singh.

The fair saw displays of local vegetables, fruits and spices, all of which were organic in nature.

A similar initiative has been undertaken in the capital city of Shillong too.

Singh said the aim of NESFAS was to help in providing farmers� markets to connect the producers and consumers. �We would also like to provide a platform to our farmers to sell chemical-free food and to support their local economy,� he added.

Buoyed by the response in Tura, Singh said they would like to make the event a monthly one and to rotate it among the 15 villages.

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NGO holds fair in Tura to promote indigenous foods

TURA, March 15 - The North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) held a one-day fair here today on local foods, fruits and vegetables in an effort to promote sustainable development of the sector in the region.

The fair attracted a steady stream of visitors who were witness to the interesting diversity of local foods, fruits and vegetables on display.

NESFAS is currently working on projects in the States of Nagaland and Meghalaya with a target of empowering 130 villages across the two States. A total of 15 villages from Garo Hills will be a part of the programme.

�We would like to enhance indigenous food systems, encourage nutrition, promote sustainable livelihoods and food security with special focus on women, youth, adolescent girls and community elders,� said senior associate of NESFAS, Janakpreet Singh.

The fair saw displays of local vegetables, fruits and spices, all of which were organic in nature.

A similar initiative has been undertaken in the capital city of Shillong too.

Singh said the aim of NESFAS was to help in providing farmers� markets to connect the producers and consumers. �We would also like to provide a platform to our farmers to sell chemical-free food and to support their local economy,� he added.

Buoyed by the response in Tura, Singh said they would like to make the event a monthly one and to rotate it among the 15 villages.