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Odisha Government adds Fish Nutrition to Anganwadi Diet Chat

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Odisha-government-adds-fish-nutrition-to-anganwadi-diet-chartOn November 10, 2020, Odisha Government introduced fish and fish-based products in Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) on pilot basis to reduce malnutrition among vulnerable people in hard to reach areas of the State.

WCD&MS pact with WorldFish:

i.The Department of Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti (WCD&MS), Odisha signed a pact with WorldFish for a Five-year Technical Collaboration for the pilot scheme.

ii.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is also supporting the pilot project.

Key Points:

i.As an Initial step, fish based products will be added in SNP diet chart for children aged between 3-6 years, pregnant and nursing women and adolescent girls in 50 Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) of Mayurbhanj district.

ii.Dried Fish Products will be provided in the Take Home Ration (THR) to adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women for six months.

iii.The Pilot project will be scaled up on the basis of the outcome.

iv.Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) staff in all 30 districts of the state will be trained for the pilot project.

v.Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) will be involved in nutrition-sensitive fish production systems in Gram Panchayat Tanks and Fish Processing. They will be trained and provided market linkage.


i.WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization with headquarters in Penang, Malaysia, and offices in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.

ii.It harnesses the potential of Fisheries and aquaculture to reduce poverty and hunger in developing countries.

Recent Related News:

i.On September 11, 2020 Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik launched a first-of-its-kind statewide scheme called “GARIMA” to ensure the safety and dignity of core sanitation workers of the state.

About Odisha:
River – Baitarani River (Ganga of Odisha), Mahanadi, Budhabalanga, and Rushikulya
Port – Paradip Port

About WorldFish:
Headquarters – Penang, Malaysia
Motto – “To Reduce Poverty and Hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture”