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Saplings distributed

District Collector S. Prabakar handing over a papaya sapling to a resident of Pandiampalayam village in Perundurai Union in Erode district.

District Collector S. Prabakar handing over a papaya sapling to a resident of Pandiampalayam village in Perundurai Union in Erode district.  

Two lakh drumstick saplings and an equal number of papaya saplings, both of native varieties, are to be provided to the people in rural parts of the district free of cost.

With a view to strengthening nutrition level of the people, the saplings are being distributed through the panchayats for the last few days. At a function in Pandiampalayam in Perundurai Union, District Collector S. Prabakar handed over the saplings to the villagers.

Saplings were being raised in nurseries in all blocks to ensure that the target is achieved before July. Abundant nutritional properties were the main reasons for distribution of drumstick and papaya.

People were being sensitised to the fact that presence of vitamins A and C besides calcium and protein as also medicinal properties makes the drumstick tree an essential source for physical strength, and that the best results could be derived by consuming the leaves, flowers and pods. Drumstick leaves possess higher fat content when compared to milk cream, seven times more vitamin C than orange, three times more potassium than banana, four times more vitamin A than carrot, ànd four times more calcium than milk, the Collector explained to the villagers.

Likewise, papaya is the source of carotene, iron, potassium, and vitamins (A, B and C), besides the medicine to prevent cancer and cure digestive disorders. Papaya rids the body of toxicity and hence halts accumulation of fats and prevents cardiac ailments, he said.

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