K’taka seeks support from states to popularise millets

New Delhi, Karnataka sought support from north Indian states in popularising millets as it prepares to hold the international trade fair on the forgotten grain in Bengaluru in January.

Karnataka Agriculture Minister Byre Gowda called upon nutritionists, chefs, food processing companies and other stakeholders to spread awareness about the health benefits of millets so as to generate demand and develop the market.

“Once there is market for millets, farmers will respond. Right now, they are not keen to scale up as they are not sure of…the market,” Gowda said.

“We are advocating millets as we see huge opportunity both in domestic and global market,” he said while announcing the ‘Organics and Millets 2018’ global trade fair, to be held from January 19-21.