GUWAHATI: The National Street Food Festival & Eat Right Millet Mela was inaugurated in Guwahati on Saturday. The four-day event has been organised in the city to encourage the use of millet as a part of the daily diet of the people.
More than thirty shops have been set up on the premises of the event to showcase different varieties of cuisines related to millets. The event is being organised by the All India Street Vendors Association and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
The event was flagged off by the Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Science and Technology, Information & Technology Departments for the government of Assam, Keshab Mahanta. In his speech, he invited the public to come to the event and try out the various cuisines that have been showcased.
He also spoke about the Millet Misson which has empowered the agriculture sector to produce a good amount of this crop. It will benefit not only the consumers to meet the nutritional requirement, especially those belonging to economically marginalised communities, but also to increase the income of the farmers of the country.
Talking about the importance of millets as a part of the palette, Jesto George, the deputy director of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India mentioned that millets were an important part of Indian cuisines in the past. But with time and changing culinary habits, this ingredient is no longer used as it should have been. He mentioned that this initiative will definitely help in increasing the popularity of millets.
It is important to note that the United Nations had named the year 2023 as the International Year of the Millet following a proposal for the same by the Prime Minister of India in the General Assembly. As the proposer of the event, India has launched the Miillet Mission across multiple states to boast the production as well as consumption of this crop.
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