In the year of millets, the Uttar Pradesh government is giving a major push to the cultivation of coarse cereals, which have been christened as ‘sri anna’ (divine food grain) by prime minister Narendra Modi.
In this context, a three-day ‘sri anna mahotsav’ will be organised in Lucknow during Oct 27-29. Millet farmers from across the state will also be feted for their contribution to the cause.
The event will feature discussions on the cultivation and processing of nutritious coarse grains. Leading hotels and restaurants will participate in millet cooking competition as part of the fest.
The competition for millet dishes will be hosted under the supervision of the UP agriculture department and in collaboration with the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA).
It will feature millet dishes made of different coarse grains viz. buckwheat, ramdana, jowar, kodo, sanwa, jowar etc. The idea is to position millets not only as nutritious cereals but as food that also tickle the taste buds and appeals to food connoisseurs.
Meanwhile, the fest will also comprise stalls set up by various government departments, hotels, restaurants, farmers’ producers’ organisations (FPO) etc on the themes of millets.