A two-day nutrition training programme has been organised for caterers at Agona Bobikuma and Agona Kwaman in the Agona West Municipality in the Central Region.
The event was aimed at engaging the caterers in the preparation of gari fotor and adding it to the school feeding menu in the two districts.
Gari fotor is a delicacy made by mixing gari and sauce into a meal.
Organised by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through the Ghana School Feeding Secretariat, the training was held to introduce, sensitise and inculcate the eating of nutritious gari fotor, fortified with vegetables and soybeans into the school feeding menu for the benefit of schoolchildren in the two districts.
Addressing separate durbars, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Morrison, said the policy of the ministry was to ensure that foodstuffs produced locally by farmers were made part of the school feeding menu to encourage the eating of locally produced foods.
She noted that the delicacy was to improve the health of the pupils.
She indicated that the ministry would continue to monitor the operations of the caterers to ensure that the foods served to the pupils were prepared under hygienic conditions and of high quality with the needed nutrients.
She said the vision of the government was to ensure that the programme benefited all pupils in public basic schools and, therefore, called on public-spirited individuals in society to consider supporting the government financially to expand the programme to cover more schools.
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