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Address by the Secretary of Annapoorna Trust on the benefits of SaiSure Ragi Millet

The Annapoorna Morning Nutrition Programme is the largest national-level nutritional intervention programme providing free morning nutrition to over 3 million children attending 40,000 typically rural government schools located across 23 states and 5 Union Territories across India.

Going forward, 2.5 million (or 25 Lakh) students of all government and local body schools across Telangana will be served hot and nutritious 250 ml “Ragi Java” as breakfast every alternate day. This Ragi Malt with Jaggery will be fortified for nutrition and flavoured with other natural ingredients for good taste to make it a wholesome breakfast.

A packet of this health mix contains 1 kg of Ragi millet powder. This is not just any ragi millet powder that you can easily get in stores outside. This is fortified Ragi millet powder. With ingredients like vitamins, mineral mixes, defatted soya, turmeric, salt, and rice flour, this Ragi millet powder is scientifically fortified and manufactured at the SaiSure Nutritions factory.

About 250 metric tonnes of fortified Ragi millet powder will be sent for 25 Lakh (2.5 million) students of Telangana every month. Also, to ensure the breakfast is nutritious, we are sending Jaggery powder and not sugar. If at least 250 ml of Raagi Jaava is given to each student, he or she will not feel hungry for at least 3 hours.

Also, at the back of the Ragi millet powder packet, there is information on the composition of minerals and vitamins in this powder. It has minerals like Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Iodine, Selenium, Copper, and Vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, B9, B12, and vitamin C.

With the support from the education minister, Principal Secretary Mrs. Karuna Vakati, and the Director (School Education) of Telangana, Mrs. Sridevasena, we served 7 lakh students in Telangana in the last 7 years. I feel happy today to serve the entire state of Telangana, covering its 25 lakh students, and I thank Mrs. Karuna Vakati and Mrs. Sridevasena for giving us this wonderful opportunity, and we look forward to much more support.

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