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Millets Product: Highlights of Uttarakhand Shree Anna Mahotsav

Millets festival organized from May 13 to 16 at Survey Stadium, Dehradun.


Millet cultivation is being encouraged on a large scale across the country. Several programs are being organized at different places to promote Shree Anna’s cultivation. So more and more farmers become aware of the cultivation of coarse grains and have adopted them. Recently, Uttarakhand ‘Shree Anna’ (Millets) Festival was organized by the Department of Agriculture, Uttarakhand. It was inaugurated on May 13 by Uttarakhand Chief Minister ‘Pushkar Singh Dhami’ in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister ‘Surya Pratap Shahi.’

Apart from Dhami and Shahi, the Agriculture Minister of Uttarakhand ‘Ganesh Joshi,’ the Farmers Commission ‘Rakesh Rajput Chairman, and other legislators and scientists were present during the inaugural session. After inaugurating the Chief Minister Dhami also inspected the stalls along with the guest Surya Pratap Shahi. The Agriculture Department also released the book “Health with Taste” based on the nutritious crops of Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand 'Shree Anna' Mahotsav
Uttarakhand ‘Shree Anna’ Mahotsav 2023

Shree Anna Mahotsav Starts

Addressing the public meeting on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that “Shree Anna” is not limited to farming and eating only. He says where there is “Shree” there is prosperity, there is inclusiveness, and there is victory. “Shree Anna” is becoming the medium of overall development in India. The village and the farmers are connected to millets and now every citizen of the country is also getting involved. On this occasion, Uttar Pradesh’s Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said that Shree Anna was cultivated in Dev bhumi, Uttarakhand since ancient times. He said that today the world is understanding the importance of Shree Anna. Nutritious foods are also being promoted rapidly in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttarakhand 'Shree Anna' Mahotsav
Uttarakhand Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami

On the first day of Shree Anna Mahotsav, the technical session “Millet from Farm to Plate” was organized after 2:30 pm. The Indian Institute of Millet Research gave a presentation. Also, topics like giving place to millet on the menu in hotels and restaurants were also discussed. A cultural program was also organized for the entertainment of the farmers.

Uttarakhand 'Shree Anna' Mahotsav
Cultural Program

Mahotsav Continues

On the second day of the festival, Kailash Chowdhary, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, was also reached. Two sessions were organized on the second day of the festival, in which the first one was the scientific session in which farmers were told about the work done on millet crops by Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan. On the other hand, on behalf of the scientists of Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, the farmers who came to the fair were told about the importance of millet crops. Farmers were also informed about the cultivation of millets by the Uttarakhand Horticulture and Forestry University.

Uttarakhand 'Shree Anna' Mahotsav

On the second day of the festival, after 2 pm, the Entrepreneurship session “Better option of Millet Investment” was organized. Farmers were informed about the millets industry through presentations by leading startups, representatives of the millets industry and Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

Shree Anna Mahotsav Ends

Food festival and cultural programs were organized on the third and fourth days of the four-day Shri Anna Mahotsav i.e. 15 and 16 May 2023. The closing ceremony of the festival took place on 16 May.

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrived as the chief guest at the closing ceremony. Agriculture Minister Tomar visited the Shree Anna exhibition. While addressing the farmers said that Shree Anna will benefit small farmers and boost the country’s economy.

Uttarakhand 'Shree Anna' Mahotsav
Millet based bakery products

Farmers participated in large numbers in the Uttarakhand ‘Shri Anna’ festival 2023. A huge crowd of farmers was seen on all the four days of the festival. Uttarakhand has produced 2.0 lakh metric tonnes of millets in the year 2021-22. In this, the maximum Mandua (Ragi) is 126916 MT which is 63.51 percent of the total production. On second number Jhangora is of 65429 MT and Chaulai is of 7491 MT.

Almora is the first district among the top Shree Anna producing districts in Uttarakhand. It has a production of 50946 metric tonnes. After that Tehri district is on second number with 33792 MT production.

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