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About Event

In the 21st century, climate change, water scarcity, increasing world population, rising food prices, and other socioeconomic impacts are expected to generate a great threat to agriculture and food security worldwide. These impacts present a challenge to scientists and nutritionists to investigate the possibilities of producing, processing, and utilizing other potential food sources to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Milletsare drought-resistant crops and the 6th cereal crop in terms of world agriculture production. Also, compared to major cereals millets have resistance to pests and diseases, short growing season, and goodproductivity under drought conditions. Therefore, millet grains are now receiving more attentionindeveloping countries for utilization as food.

Millets like sorghum (Sorghumbicolor), pearl millet (Pennisetumglaucum), finger millet (Eleusinecoracana), kodo millet (Paspalumsetaceum), proso millet (Penicummiliaceum), foxtail millet(Setariaitalica), little millet (Panicumsumatrense), and barnyard millet (Echinochloautilis) are grown as main crop or as intercrop with pulses or oilseeds over thousands of years. Thus, millets produce an extraordinary food system and promote biodiversity and food and nutrition security. A neglect of millets for more than half a century has made us victims of several metabolic diseases like diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular problems and so on.

In addition to their nutritive value, several potential health benefits such as preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases, reducing tumor incidence, lowering blood pressure, risk of heart disease, reducing cholesterol and delaying gastric emptying have been attributed for millets.Using appropriate processing technologies, millet grains can find a place in the preparation of several value-added and health food-products, which arein high demand from large urban populations and nontraditional millet users.

College of Home Science under Professor JayashankerTelangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad has been doing pioneering work trying to mitigate malnutrition through promotion of consumption of millets for bridging the nutrient gap in the communities by development of millet products and value addition through continuous research and field testing for the past three and half decades. It has trained several rural women on millet processing technologies for daily meal and snack foods and developed designer foods to cater to the demand of health foods by the newer generation.

Department of Agriculture has been instrumental over the past five years in encouraging millet growers for increased production, processing and utilization of millets and thus evolved a momentum among the consumers to embrace millets as a means to sustain good health and vigor. And there are several NGOs which are untiringly supporting farmers over the past two decades to maintain a millet gene bank.

Appreciating the immense untiring efforts of these government and non government organizations, an awareness drive has been initiated by the Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of Telangana State and College of Home Science, PJTSAU, Hyderabad by creating a platform, “MILLET FEST - 2015”, to bring together consumers, entrepreneurs, industrialists, food technologists, scientists and farmers, to showcase the machinery designed to process the millets, to make available various products of processing and the mouth watering millet recipes for the public.

The Millet Fests- 2012, 2013 and 2014were very successful in drawing the attention of people leading to a growing demand in retail and supermarkets in these three years. In order to keep pace with the interests of the public on millet food, this year the first Millet Fest – 2015 is going to be held at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad from 27th, 28th Febraury and 1st March 2015. The focus of this fest is also to sensitize the urban and rural communities towards the benefits of incorporating millets into their daily diet and create market linkages for farmers producing these crops.

Millet Fest-2015 features

  • Millet Nutrition Education
  • Exhibition and Sale of Millets
  • Millet processing machinery
  • Sale of millet processed products
  • Millet cultivation practices
  • Diet and Nutrition Counseling
  • Millet Food court

The organizing committee of the Millet Fest invite and request all the NGOs and ICAR institutions, covered under INSIMP and those involved in millet enterprise to participate in the Fest, duly occupying a stall and make available the delicious millet foods to the public, share your knowledge and educate them on health benefits of millet foods. Please give a mail of confirmation at the earliest.

For further details, you may contact the following in-charges:
  1. Dr Anurag Chaturvedi, Dean, College of Home Science, Hyderabad-4
    anuragchaturvedi1955@gmail.com, Ph. No: 9989625202
  2. Mrs. Afzal Begum, ADA, Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of Telangana, Hyderabad,
    afzalbegumada@yahoo.com Mob.8886614874.
  3. Dr Mahalakshmi V. Reddy, Associate Dean, College of Home Science, Hyderabad-4.
    mahalakshmi.v.reddy@gmail.com, Ph. No. 040-2324 4058.
  4. Dr K. Uma Maheswari, Prof.& Head, Foods and Nutrition, PGRC, Rajendranagar,Hyderabad.
    maheswarisekhar@yahoo.co.in Mob. 9949500753
  5. Dr V. Vijaya Lakshmi, Professor, Foods and Nutrition, C.H.Sc, Hyderabad-4.
    lakshmivvdr18@gmail.com ,Ph. No: 9391134018
  6. Dr K. Uma Devi, Professor, Foods and Nutrition, College of Home Science, Hyderabad,
    uma_chsc@yahoo.com; Ph.No.9849145673
  7. Dr T. Hymavati, Professor, Foods and Nutrition, PG&RC, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-4
    hyma2000@hotmail.com, Ph.No.9848280806

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