Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Decline in production, consumption of small millets

MILLETS_2054052g.jpg Despite their nutritional qualities and climate resilience, the consumption of finger millets in India declined by 47 per cent, while intake of other small millets fell by 83 per cent in the last five decades, according to DHAN Foundation.

The reason for the decline has been attributed to easy availability of rice and wheat through PDS that resulted in food consumption away from the small millets in the producing regions, during 1961-2009.
Similarly, cultivation of small millets declined from 7.22 million hectare to 2.2 millon hectare during 1961-2009 period, M Karthikeyan, Project Leader of the foundation, said.
Inadequate investments on product development and commercial ratio, low social status of small millet food, resistance to dietary habits and lack of knowledge on the use of small millets in the daily diet have been constraining its consumption, Mr. Karthikeyan said.
The project has adopted farmer-led context specific technology development and innovative promotional approach through private and public channels in order to increase the production and consumption of millets in eight regions including India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, he said.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), one of the partners of the project, led by the Foundation, has developed an improved centrifugal dehulling prototype, which has reduced the drudgery of women by 70 per cent, he said.
While cereals in the current market context provide a cheaper source of dietary calories, small millet offer better nutrition with various micro nutrients like calcium, iron and sulphur, he claimed.
Besides, Foundation and TNAU, WASSAN, All India Coordinated Small Millets Improved Project, ICAR, and Canadian Mennonite University are core partners of the project, he said.
For enhancing demand, research was undertaken by University of Guelph, along with TNAU for proving the health benefits and highlighting 36 attractive small millet products, both traditional and modern ones, as part of the project, Mr. Karthikeyan said.
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Monday, 11 August 2014

National Seminar on Re-orientation of Agricultural Education

November 14-15, 2014 
Organized by 

Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning 

Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour-813210 
Bhagalpur (Bihar) 

Important Dates 
  • Abstract submission deadline: August 31, 2014 
  •  Regn. Fee &Registration Form 
  • Communicating Acceptance of Abstracts to the Authors: September 30, 2014 
  •  Submission of Full- length papers: October 15, 2014 
  •  Seminar Dates: November14-15, 2014
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Thursday, 7 August 2014

6th Indian Horticulture Congress-2014
An international meet, Horticulture for inclusive Growth,
November 06 - 09, 2014 at TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Workshop at KUFOS on aquaculture practices

A State-level workshop on diversification of aquaculture practices in Kerala: challenges and opportunities will be organised on March 29 by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS).
The workshop, being organised with the support of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) will be inaugurated by KUFOS vice chancellor B. Madhusoodana Kurup at the University campus at 10 a.m.
Scientists, fish farmers, fisheries officers, activists and students will participate in the workshop, according to a press release.


Workshop on wetland conservation

A one-day workshop on the conservation and management of the Kavvayi-Kattampally wetlands of north Kerala will be held here on March 29 under the aegis of the Malabar Natural History Society and the Forests and Wildlife Department.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests B.S. Corie will inaugurate the workshop at the Forest office complex at Kannothumchal here at 10 a.m.
The workshop includes sessions on management action plan for the Kavvayi wetlands in Kasaragod district, human and geographical perspectives on the conservation of the wetlands, mangrove flora and their conservation, wetland biodiversity of north Kerala, resources utilisation of the two wetlands and the legal aspects of wetland conservation.


Workshop on biodiversity

Applications have been invited for an 18-day free residential workshop organised by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) here on Biodiversity conservation for students, who have appeared for Class X examination in March 2014, in the State.
The programme is intended to provide basic knowledge in the broad area of biodiversity conservation and biotechnology.
It will be held at the Agro biodiversity centre of MSSRF at Puthurvayal near Kalpetta from April 25 to May 13, the organisers said.
The workshop consists of interactive lectures, laboratory work, institutional visits, field trips and individual projects.
The number of seat is limited to 30 and the applications should reach the MSSRF's office before 15 April.
More information can be had from the Director, Community Agro biodiversity Centre, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Puthurvayal P. O, Kalpetta- 673 121or (phone : 09497307958).


Two-day workshop on GIS

Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore, is conducting a workshop titled ‘GIS and modelling – applications in environmental engineering’ on March 28 and 29 on the college campus. The workshop will focus on the application of GIS in air and water quality modelling, water supply system, and watershed protection, a press release said.
The workshop would be a platform for postgraduate students, faculty and practising engineers to provide ideas, knowledge and understanding on environmental modelling and the role of GIS. The workshop was being funded by TEQIP Phase-II. SJCE is one of the institutions in the State to receive second phase of World Bank-sponsored TEQIP funding.
Over 100 delegates from various institutions and organisations are expected to take part in the workshop.
R.R. Navalgund, Vikram Sarabhai distinguished professor, ISRO, Bangalore, and B.G. Sangameshwara, JSS Mahavidyapeeta Joint Director (Academic), will be the chief guests. SJCE principal Shakeeb-Ur-Rahman will preside over the programme. Professors Manoj Kumar and Pushpa Tuppad, who are coordinating the workshop, may be contacted on 9886544263 or 9591083451.