Karnataka to become Organics and Millets Capital of India


The Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 is witnessing a total number of 400 booths including 220 exhibitors participating from ten states across the country.

The much awaited Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 was inaugurated at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru today by Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in the presence of other dignitaries. The fair is being held till 20th January, 2019.

The Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 is witnessing a total number of 400 booths including 220 exhibitors participating from ten states across the country and 23 food courts making it a total of 243 exhibitors. States include Chattisgarh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Kerala and Telangana. There is international participation from seven countries including Chile, Poland, Srilanka, Burkina Faso, UAE, IFOAM, Germany and FIBL, Switzerland. Sixteen startup firms are participating. There are also five machinery displays. Dignitaries from various national and international institutions and universities are taking part in in-depth deliberations on various topics and issues surrounding organics and millets.

“The government of Karnataka has always been keen to support farmers and has undertaken several initiatives and programmes to ensure welfare of the farmers. The push to encourage farmers to cultivate more organics and millets rather than focusing on rice cultivation is yet another initiative that will benefit farmers immensely. I would like to applaud my colleagues in the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Agriculture for establishing a platform to enhance the growth and sales of organics and millets in the state of Karnataka, across the country and globally. This focus on organics and millets will not only help establish the state as the Organics and Millets Capital of India but at the same time create demand for farmers and encourage them to cultivate millets”, stated Kumaraswamy during his inaugural address.

Dr. K G Jagadeesha, Commissioner of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka said, “Farmers in Karnataka are often faced with deficient rainfall and face difficulty in growing crops. Many farmers opt for rice cultivation as there is high demand for rice. If we compare millets to rice, millets require almost 70% less water, no pesticides and minimal or no chemical fertilizers making them the most environment friendly crop. The area under organic cultivation has registered a steady growth in the State increasing from 2500 hectares to 100,000 hectares as on date. The Government’s aim is to increase this to around 1.5 lakh hectares in the coming three years. In order to help farmers market their produce effectively, the Government has formed fifteen regional organic federations through which organics and millets processing and marketing activities are taken up. These efforts will in turn result in an increase in cultivated area for organics and millets and is to develop an organized market and to popularize organics and millets as ‘Super Foods’”.

One of the prime focus areas of the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 is the B2B sessions that are being organized on all the three days. About 100 domestic buyers have registered for B2B meetings. Around 85 farmer groups representing 15 regional federations, FPOs and other farmer groups have registered for the event. There will also be a Farmers Workshop in Kannada on all the three days. Spread over 4 sessions, with 29 speakers, the farmer’s workshop includes three doctors who would speak about the health benefits of organics and millets. Topics discussed would include ‘Current status and Production Technologies of Organics and Millets’, ‘Organics, Millets Registration, Certification and Value Addition’, ‘Experience sharing by entrepreneurs in promotion of Organics and Millets’ and ‘Expert Doctors Experiences’. There will also be a separate International Conference which will be conducted for organics and millets which will witness over 42 speakers from over 6 countries delivering lectures on organics and millets respectively.

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