Millet fest evokes good response

Millet fest evokes good response

The millet fair organised by Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project at Kalaseshwara Hall in Kalasa on Sunday and on Monday created awareness among people on various benefits of millet. Various snacks prepared out of millets attracted many people.

Representatives and volunteers of SKDRDP, suggested the visitors try various eatables such as halwa, burfi, porridge, pongal, idli, dosa and other value-added items prepared out of millets. The eatables prepared on the spot were served to visitors. Food enthusiasts were seen enquiring and learning the new recipes.

The organiser of the exhibition, Ram Kumar from Siri Gramodyoga said that the exhibition is being organised with a major objective of introducing the millets grown in northern part of Karnataka, to the people in southern part of the state.

This will provide encouragement to the growers. Programmes are being held in this regard, in various parts of Karnataka, he said and added that awareness is being created during the programme, about the health benefits of consumption of millets.

Around 4,000 people took part in the fest on both the days. The sale of the value-added items also did well.

SKDRDP Haluvalli union member Ranganath Bhat said that information on the daily use of millet in food was disseminated during the programme. Several ailments can be prevented with the regular intake of millets, he added.

Expert in millet delicacies, Raghavendra Kamat from Bengaluru advised that millets should be soaked well before cooking.

SKDRDP Supervisor Nagaraj said that the Siri Gramodyoga will facilitate the sale of millets in the grocery shops in Kalasa. Millet fests are also being held at the taluk level.

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