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Know everything about the iconic Rs. 75 coin unveiled by PM Modi to mark the 75th anniversary of FAO

By Priti Kumari

On the occasion of 75th anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), PM Modi uncloaked a commemorative coin of Rs 75, just a few days after the release of the commemorative coin of Rs 100 to mark the birth centenary of Rajmata Vijay Raje Scindia. Indeed, Commemorative coins are divulged to mark some special events. They are usually not for the general circulation.

Barring this, PM Modi also transpired 17 new biofortified crop varieties of 8 crops to eradicate hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition. The Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Anganwadis, Organic and Horticulture Missions all across the country witnessed the event. According to the government, these biofortified crops will have up to a 3-fold increase in nutritional value, will transform normal Indian thali into "Nutri Thali".In an endeavour to make India 'Kuposhan Mukta', these super crops (biofortified) will be linked with the government programmes of mid-day meal, Anganwadi etc. Applauding his government's stance Modi stated, "MSP and government procurement are an important part of the country's food security. It is important that it continues to function with better facilities and in a scientific way, we are committed towards this". By improving the nutritional qualities of a food crop through different modern biotechnology, plant breeding, we can make a crop biofortified.

Praising India's well-built relations with FAO Modi asserts, "The journey of FAO in making the vulnerable classes and masses stronger, economically and nutritionally, has been unparalleled. India has had a historic association with FAO. Indian Civil Service officer Dr Binay Ranjan Sen was the director-general of FAO during 1956-67. The World Food Programme, which has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020, was established during his time. India's proposals for the International Year of Pulses in 2016 and the International Year of Millets 2023 have also been endorsed by FAO".

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