Jan 21, 2019
The three day trade fair in Bangalore scheduled this week on Health and Organic Food.
The fair is named ‘Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019’, out of 400 booths, 220 will be dedicated to participants from 10 states of India as well as food courts. The health minister of Karnataka addressed the media about benefits of healthy food like millets and organic food which should be incorporated in daily diet.
“Until a few decades ago, millets were a staple diet in several parts of Karnataka, but with exposure to western culture, these super grains have gradually been removed from mainstream consumption,” said N H Shivashankara Reddy, state agriculture minister while speaking to media. “However, over the last few years, we are witnessing the comeback of millets, and with health awareness spreading across urban areas, there is a rising demand for millets,” he added.
“Farmers in Karnataka are often faced with deficient rainfall and face difficulty in growing crops. Many farmers opt for rice cultivation as there is high demand for rice. If we compare millets to rice, millets require almost 70% less water, no pesticides and minimal or no chemical fertilisers, making them the most environment-friendly crop,” said K G Jagadeesha, commissioner of agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka.
Further to his statements he added, “The area under organic cultivation has registered a steady growth in the state, increasing from 2,500 hectare to 1,00,000 hectare as till date. The government is aiming to increase this to about 1.5 lakh hectare in the coming three years. In order to help farmers market their produce effectively, the government has formed 15 regional organic federations through which organics and millets processing and marketing activities are will be taken up. These efforts will definitely result in an increase in the cultivated area for organics and millets. Added to this, it will develop as an organized market helping to popularize organics and millets as super foods.”