HYDERABAD: The Directorate of Agriculture and Home Science College of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University (PJTSAU) is organising a Millet Fest-2015 from February 27 to March 1 at People’s Plaza here.
“To popularise the cultivation of millets, production of millet-based products and to popularise consumption of foods prepared with millets among public, the Millet Fest is being held,” commissioner and director of agriculture GD Priyadarsini told reporters here on Tuesday. Millets are not only easy to cultivate when compared to other crops but are also very nutritious. As people are becoming more health conscious, millet-based foods will be a perfect option for them. The fest would create awareness among visitors about various millet-based foods available now, she said.
This is the fourth edition of the Millet Fest. Various millet based foods like multigrain atta, ragi malt, jowar flour, jowar noodles, jowar pasta, ragi vermicelli, cookies, extruded snacks among others will be made available in about 50 stalls. All these products are designed by the scientists at incubation centre of PJTSAU and manufactured and marketed by entrepreneurs.
About 50 entrepreneurs dealing in millet- based food products from all over the state would participate in the fest. PJTSAU will conduct awareness sessions for farmers on millets cultivation and value added products during the fest.
A food court also will be set up at the fest dishing out delicious recipes made from millets like jowar rotis, ragi sankati, jowar upma, jowar noodles, among others. V Praveen Rao, special officer of PJTSAU, D Raji Reddy, director of research PJTSAU, Anurag Chaturvedi, Dean of Home Sciences College, were present at the press conference.