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Karnataka hosting trade fair to promote organics, millets

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The government will hold an international trade fair on organics and millets on January 18-20, 2019 in Bengaluru to promote them in a big way, a said on Friday.

"The three-day fair will pitch as the source of organic produce and millets, which are the next-generation smart foods," said at a preview of the event here.

The second edition of the annual event at the Palace grounds in the city centre will showcase a variety of and millets at the exhibition and offer a flavour of their dishes in the court at the venue.

"As the largest gathering of the stakeholders, the fair will position as the country's millets capital and promote them as the best for all," asserted Reddy on the occasion.

The will hold roadshows at in Tamil Nadu, and in for greater awareness and participation by the stakeholders.

Roadshows will also be held overseas to invite foreign delegates, buyers, processors and experts to the event. Mini-fairs will also be held in districts across the state to attract visitors to the trade expo-cum-conference.

About 250 exhibitors will display the for greater awareness of their nutritional values and health benefits.

Farmers, sellers, buyers and exporters of organic produce and millets from across the state and country will participate in the fair to interact, network and exchange information on the cereals,

Farmer-producer organisations and federations from the southern state and the will be the knowledge partners for the trade fair.

"We hope the fair will make more people turn to organics and millets as part of their daily diet and reap their health benefits," added Reddy.

said the area under cultivation of organics and millets had grown to 1-lakh hectares in 2018 from 2,50,000 hectares over a decade ago.

"Karnataka is the first state to promote organic farming with a sound policy and a holistic approach since 2004. A revised policy in 2017 has given thrust to marketing the cereals with the involvement of organic farmers associations across the state," recalled Rao at the preview of the fair.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, October 06 2018. 00:26 IST
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