Modi releases Rs 75 coin to mark 75th anniversary of FAO and World Food Day

16th October 2020

16th October 2020

On the special occasion of World Food Day and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 75th anniversary, PM Narendra Modi released a coin of denomination INR 75 and gave farmers 17 new varieties of eight crops that were developed with biofortification as a gift.

The United Nations had developed FAO in 1945 and India has a strong association with it.

While talking about this special moment, the PM said, "The journey of FAO in making the vulnerable classes and masses stronger, economically and nutritionally, has been unparalleled. India has had a historic association with the organisation. Indian civil service officer Binay Ranjan Sen was the Director General of FAO during 1956-1967. The World Food Programme, which has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020, was established during his time."

On November 14, 2018, the government had also released a coin of denomination INR 75 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Tricolour hoisting moment by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose for the first time at cellular jail of Port Blair on December 30, 1943.

The notification issued by the Ministry of Finance then said, "The coin of seventy-five rupees denomination shall only be coined at the Mint for issue under the authority of the central government on the occasion of '75th Anniversary of Hoisting of Tricolour' for the first time by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Port Blair."

On October 16, the world celebrates World Food Day every year. And this year, this day holds great importance because the whole world is dealing with disturbed food distributions and systems due to the pandemic, Covid-19.

PM Narendra Modi said, "This year's Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the World Food Program is a big achievement. India is happy that our contribution and association with it has been historic."

On the achievement of India, to have a sustainable food security, PM Modi said, "While many other countries are struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic to provide food security to people, Indian farmers broke the last year's food production record. In fact, the export of Essential Agriculture Commodities recorded an increase of more than 40%."

He added in his statement that "The event marks the highest priority accorded by the government to agriculture and nutrition, and is a testament of the resolve to completely eliminate hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition."

While concluding his statement, PM Narendra Modi congratulated FAO and wished luck for its future endeavours.

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