The Department of Agriculture, Sharana Muddanna Savayuva Krishikara Balaga, Sahaja Samruda Savayuva Krishakara Balaga, and Taralabalu Krishi Vigyana Kendra will jointly organise a three-day millet mela at Thogataveera Kalyana Manatapa here from Saturday. Over 30 organic farming groups from 14 districts will take part in the exhibition-cum-sale of millet.
Talking to presspersons here on Friday, R.G. Gollar, joint director of the Department of Agriculture, and A.N. Anjaneya, convenor, SMS Krishikara Balaga, said are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, carbohydrates and minerals.
Compared to other food grains, millets are rich in phytochemicals which help lower cholesterol.
They are rich in antioxidants and are high in fibre.
The mela will celebrate the humble millet grown organically by farmers. and will exhibit different varieties of Ragi (Finger millet), Navane (Foxtail millet), Saave (Little millet), udalu (Barnyard millet), Harka (Kodo millet), Sajje (Pearl millet), Jola (sorghum), Baragu (Proso millet) and Koralu (Brown top millet) along with red rice varieties.
Minister of Horticulture Shamanur Shivashankarappa will inaugurate. G.M. Siddeshwar, Davangere MP, will inaugurate the exhibition.