Karnataka government organizes the Organics & Millets International Trade Fair 2018 in Bengaluru in the month of January to promote organics and millets termed as future smart foods. The state’s Department of Agriculture conducted a road-show in Hyderabad as part of its efforts to promote the event scheduled to be held from January 19 to 21.
The trade fair is a global conference that provides opportunities waiting to be explored in agriculture, horticulture, processing and marketing. It serves as an important meeting of all stakeholders – farmers, buyers, sellers and exporters of organic produce and millets for the promotion of trade, as well as sharing of information and knowledge about organic agribusiness.
Karnataka Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said the fair will bring farmers, marketers and consumers on a single platform. He said that Karnataka is the first state to take the ‘Organic and Millet’ message to the rest of the country and sought support from the neighbouring states. “We have to reacquaint ourselves with millets. Incorporating this crop in our diet is the panacea for most of the health crisis that we face today.”
Gowda said the Agriculture Department was on a determined mission since the last four years to spread the message. The road-shows are being conducted in different parts of the country to bring together farmers, agri-entrepreneurs, retailers, consumers and government bodies to promote smart food.
According to International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), that has partnered with Karnataka, over the last decade organic agriculture has seen significant growth in India with the market poised to reach over $1.5 billion (Rs 10,000 crore) by 2020.