Now an exclusive International Trade Fair for Organics and Millets
Considering the growing awareness in people about the health benefits of organic foods and millets, the Government of Karnataka’s Department of Agriculture is organising the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 between 18th to 20th January 2019. During its curtain raiser in Bengaluru, Shri. N. H. Shivashankara Reddy, Minister for Agriculture, Government of Karnataka said that the flagship event will revolve around the theme: K-Source, celebrating the State of Karnataka as the source for Next Gen Smart Foods.
The Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2019 will be divided into three parts, exhibition, conference and food court. The event, which is mainly for farmers, buyers, sellers and exporters of organic produces and millets, will have the participation of over 250 exhibitors occupying an exhibition space of 10,000 square meters including stalls from other states, countries, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and several farmer federations from Karnataka. International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) will be the knowledge partner for the event.
According to Maheshwar Rao, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka said, “The previous edition of the event saw footfalls of around 1 lakh visitors including farmers, students, scientists, businessmen and public. From the international perspective, we had six delegations participating from USA, Japan, South Korea, China, Germany and The Netherlands.”
With the increase in lifestyle disease and the shift in the emphasis of healthcare professionals and nutritionists towards the health benefits of going organic and consuming alternative grains like millets, there has been an increase in the demand of grains like bajra, jowar and ragi. The Karnataka government has been promoting their farming through its initiative in 2004. The Government of Karnataka also initiated a unique policy in the year 2004 to promote organic farming in the State by adopting a holistic approach. Since then, several schemes and programmes of the State Government have been implemented to promote organic farming. The area under organic cultivation registered a steady growth in the State from 2500 hectares to 100,000 hectares as on date.
The trade fair is going to attract wholesale and retail buyers looking for pure, organic and healthy food.