National Food Week from June 22 to 28:
Encourage nutritious food
The Government has declared a National food Week from June 22 to 28.
"Our main purpose of declaring a National Food Week is to encourage
people to take a balanced diet. It is sad to say that most of the people
in society are not healthy.
They are suffering from various kinds of diseases. I think the main
reason for this situation is bad food habits," said Agriculture Minister
The opening ceremony of the National Food Week 2009 was held at the
Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute on Monday.
"In the past Sri Lankans used to eat rice for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. Also they added grains for their meals. They were lucky to eat
foods without poison. Because of that they could work like giants.
But after Sri Lanka gained Independence, the situation has changed.
Foreign food items were added to our local diet. People make their foods
using wheat flour. This is not good for health. So we should pay our
attention to encourage people to take nutritious foods for their meals.
That is why the Government has declared National Food Week Under the
Mahinda Chinthanaya, on a concept of Agricultural Development and
Agrarian Services Minister Maithripala Sirisena.
Minister Nanayakkara said parents are now used to giving artificial
food for children due to commercial advertisements. We have a fertile
land and good weather conditions. We have sun light all over the year.
So we can cultivate any kind of food in our country. But unfortunately,
we import 33 food items which can be produced locally in our country. We
have taken necessary steps to avoid importing these food items before
the end of 2010.
"Our ministry is always ready to help farmers and encourage them to
grow more food. If anyone has a problem relating to agriculture, he or
she can resolve it by calling on telephone No. 1920 for free advice," he