Port Blair, March 22: The International Day of Forests was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Department of Environment & Forests Andaman & Nicobar Administration yesterday. The theme of this year’s International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Health’. In order to sensitize the general masses about the value of forests and their relationship with human health, the Department organized a bike rally consisting of 50 bike riders from Nature Park & Interpretation Centre (NPIC), Haddo which passed through Delanipur, Phoenix Bay, Mohanpura, Clock Tower, Marina Park, Netaji Stadium, Middle point, Goal Ghar and culminated at NPIC. The Department also displayed a tableau on the theme ‘Forests & Health’. The bike rally and tableau display was flagged off by Shri Kamal Datta, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Andaman &Nicobar Islands &Chief Wildlife Warden from NPIC.

Port Blair, March 22: Grains are the primary staple food of India.  Grains are nutritionally rich and deliver recommended nutrients to the body. The history of food, especially in the Indian context, will be left incomplete without giving due importance to Millets. Consumption of Millets in different civilizations of India can be observed from the literature. Today, there is an increase in the demand for Millets in India as well as rest of the World. The regular recipes are replaced by Millets and are equally relished. Efforts are also being taken to educate farmers about better Millets growing techniques. A lot of importance is given to Millets due to their non-gluten tendency and other health benefits.

Port Blair, March 22: The Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan functioning at Udyog Parisar, Middle Point will remain closed from March 27 to 31, 2023 for stock verification.

Port Blair, March 22: As a part of celebrating World Tuberculosis Day on 24th March, the District Administration through District Health Society, South Andaman along with District TB Unit, Directorate of Health Services organised the Double Wicket Cricket Knockout tournament today at Choudhary Pahad Ground, Bambooflat with the theme of “TB Harega Desh Jeetega”. The Additional District Magistrate (SA)/ Vice Chairman, District Health Society (SA) Shri Dilkhush Meena, IAS has inaugurated the tournament along with Shri Vinayak Chamadia, IAS(P) Tehsildar Ferrargunj, Pramuk Ferrargunj, Block Development Officer Ferrargunj, Joint Secretary (NTEP), Zilla Parishad Member Shore Point, Pradhan GP Bambooflat-II, Pradhan GP Shore Point and other officials of DPMU & Health Department.

Port Blair, March 22: In its bid to develop and promote scientific Animal Husbandry practices among the farmer and unemployed youth, the Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services provides related training to interested farmer and inputs in terms of chicks, ducklings, reared poultry birds and piglets etc. through its Composite Livestock Farms situated in different Islands of this UT.  During the current year, upto Jan 2023, 1,35,820 number of dual purpose Vanraja chick and reared birds were distributed to 2248 beneficiaries. Similarly, 18033 ducklings of Kuttanad and Vegova duck breeds were distributed to 774 farmers.