: A walkathon organised here on Saturday stressed on making comprehensive efforts to ensure a sustainable food security through an agricultural expansion.
The campaigners in the programme organised by DHAN (Development of Humane Action Foundation), a non-government organisation, highlighted the need for cultivating minor millets, the healthy food for people.
The walkathon, which commenced near Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica on Beach Road, was flagged off by Chief Educational Officer, Tuticorin, T. Jayakannu.
Addressing a gathering near South Raja street, where the walkathon ended, S.A. Shanmugam, Associate Professor, Fisheries College and Research Institution, urged the need for consuming sea food, which contains high protein, calcium and minerals.
To stave off risks of health problems, he advised people to have seafood, which is cholesterol-free. West Bengal and Kerala were the two largest seafood consuming states, Dr. Shanmugam said. Apart from raising cash crops, farmers also need to cultivate the minor millets and insisted on consuming them on a daily basis. Cultivation of minor millets was not up to mark at present, he said.
A. Suresh, team leader, spoke on water conservation methods in the interest of famers.
Students of educational institutions, self-help group members and representatives from voluntary organisations participated in the walkathon. A group of artistes performed folk music and danced as part of the programme.