ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission of Pakistan in collaboration with its international development partners, including Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Programme, had provided technical assistance and trained the staff of 250 flour mills on wheat fortifications in order to overcome the issues and challenges of malnutrition and stunted growth.
These mills were also provided micro-feeders to mix iron, folic acid and zinc in the flour wheat to provide nutrient filled food for children and women to overcome the malnutrition and stunted growth, said an official in the Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms.
He said that the steps were taken to address the issues of malnutrition and challenges of stunted growth, which were affecting the efforts of the human development index of the country.
Besides providing the micro-feeders, he said that special efforts were also made for the capacity building of staff of these mills and other government sector institutions to ensure the strict compliance of quality and standards of foods.
So far, he said, about 100,000 tonnes of the wheat flour was fortified with iron, folic acid, and zinc with the micro-feeders, besides the capacity building of governmental organization in order to maintain the standards as well as ensuring the provision of quality and nutrient-filled food.