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May 16, 2018

Rishad to eradicate malnutrition

The best solution to counter malnutrition in the country is to increase the intake of grains and a sustainable development plan has been initiated in order to increase the grain production in the country, said Industries and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

The minister made this statement addressing the inauguration of the Global Pulses Conference  in Colombo recently.

The Minister pointed out that  the main source of protein in Sri Lanka is pulses and of that the main item is red dhal, adding that pulses are high in nutritional value.

The theme of this year’s conference Pulses 18 Colombo was "Pulses - 18 the Future of Food.

Representatives from around 40 countries participated in the conference, which was organized by the global pulses alliance conference. This is the only conference in the world representing the pulses industry. It is a collective of over 20 international associations.

In addition, over 600 members from the provate sector had also attended this conference.

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