Permanent Secretary Jimmy Saelea. Photo credit: SIBC.

Permanent Secretary Jimmy Saelea. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, MAL, Mr Jimmy Saelea says, efforts to promote local healthy food must be stepped up to influence the eating habits of our young generation.

Mr. Saelea was addressing the Solo Tuna Food Day at the National Trade Expo show ground this week.

Children are one of the most vulnerable groups to shocks such as food insecurity and malnutrition.

Mr Saelea says traditional diets such as fresh fish, root crops, fruits and vegetables have been increasingly replaced by imported junks and soft drinks which are high in sugar content.

He highlighted, to counter the bad eating habit, Solomon Islanders must look inward and make a personal commitment to do away with imported foods.

Mr Saelea emphasized, a holistic approach to healthy food systems must be instituted in the country.

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