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Local sourcing of products in the programmes such as mid-day meal scheme to current nutrition policy of India can fix the double whammy of demand in Agriculture and the Nutrition aspects. Explain.

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

5. Local sourcing of products in the programmes such as mid-day meal scheme to current nutrition policy of India can fix the double whammy of demand in Agriculture and the Nutrition aspects. Explain. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express

Why this question:

The question is based on the recent fact that the finance minister had suggested extending the discussion to local sourcing of other products for mid-day meals. However, the current nutrition policy of India, increasingly influenced by commercial interests, is unlikely to enable it.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss the prospects of local sourcing of products in the various nutrition based programmes that can prove to be a win-win situation to both local farmers and the nutrition programmes.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly highlight the need for the Government to engage in a collaborative effort with farmer groups.

Body:

Discuss the idea of local sourcing of farm products for mid-day meals scheme and other relevant nutrition based schemes.

Explain what the prospects of such an idea are.

Discuss the associated challenges and concerns involved.

Conclusion:

Conclude with what needs to be done and in what way local sourcing can be achieved without much cost on the other factors of the economy.