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Posted at: Apr 3, 2019, 8:19 AM; last updated: Apr 3, 2019, 8:19 AM (IST)

National millet fest held at AGC

National millet fest held at AGC
Dignitaries during National Millet-2019 organised by the Kheti Virasat Mission in Amritsar on Tuesday. Tribune photo

ritsar, April 2

Amritsar Group of Colleges (AGC) in collaboration with the Kheti Virasat Mission organised Amritsar’s First National Millet-2019. The festival primarily had focused discussions on promoting millets as health food and encouraging farmers to go in for large scale production. One of the main mottos of the event was regional promotion and marketing of organic produce and to bring together farmers, buyers, sellers, exporters and consumers, as well as organic product processors, manufacturers of farm equipment and other stakeholders on a single platform for knowledge sharing, exploring business opportunities, networking and promoting investments.

The fest was organised at Amritsar Group of Colleges organic agro farm. The AGC agro farm is fully equipped with latest techniques and comprises of beautiful gardens like bonsai garden, cactus garden, fruit nursery, poly house, hydroponics, ornamental garden, medicinal herbal garden, spice valley that were major attractions among the crowd. More than 1,000 people, including medical officers, doctors, dieticians, farmers and students attended the National Millet Fest-2019.

A healthy meal buffet was prepapred by known chef Rambabu from Hyderabad, who is popular for creating sumptuous dishes using millets. “Millets can be considered super food due to the amount of health benefits they contain. Their cultivation needs to be encouraged in this part of the world as Punjab has history of reducing limited food grains, including primarily wheat rice and corn. Millets are the future of health food and agriculture,” he said in his interaction.

Umendra Dutt, executive director, Kheti Virasat Mission, addressed the issue of growing need of producing crops that consume less water.

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