Millet inclusion event at BOCCA Cafe
Millet menu was launched at BOCCA Café, Master Canteen in collaboration with Odisha Millets Mission on September 24, 2022. Dr. Arabinda Kumar Padhee, Principal Secretary of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Department graced the event as the chief guest. He interacted with the RAO members presented and encouraged with them to add Millets based dishes in their menu. BOCCA worked with OMM and came out with an exclusive millets-based menu which was launched in the event. The menu was curated by the chefs at BOCCA and experts of Odisha Millets Mission. The idea was to create continental/ Mexican/ bakery dishes which will give millets a more market identity, helping the current generation to consume it.
Millet promotion in Sri Krishna International School, Malipada, Bhubaneswar
Millets grain display and tasting of food was conducted on August 12, 2022 for creation of awareness of nutritional value of millets among students at Srikrishna International School. Hot cook millet food (Ragi Pasta, Foxtail millet Kheer, Little millet khichdi, ragi bread sandwich, Foxtail millet idli) and cold cooked millet food( Biscuit, mixture, karanji, flour, sattu, khichdi mix, dosa mix, ladoo, millet grain, millet rawa) were served among the children and staff. All from that, students liked Little millet Kheer, Ragi bread sandwich and Ragi Pasta the most.
Creation of awareness at BDA Parks
Odisha Millets Mission is to promote millets through urban campaigns and promotional events to create awareness on nutritional aspects and health benefits of millets among urban people. Promotional events and awareness campaigns were planned out in parks at different location of Bhubaneswar. The campaign was conducted from September 14 to October 1, 2022 in different phases. People received awareness regarding the nutritional benefit of Millets and also explored various breakfast options that are healthy as well as tasty.
Millet promotion in Kalinga Fitness, Bhubaneswar
A day at Kalinga fitness gym, where fitness folks tasted Ragi Challah (Chhanch) and Kangu chakuli served by WSHG members. They got inspired that how fitness can be maintained through the consumption of millets as supplement to various carbohydrates and cater to their gluten free and vegan options of lifestyle.
Training of cooks under OTDC
Skill development training for OTDC cooks was arranged. As a part of promotional activity for International Year of Millet 2023, millet-based menu in Panthaniwas was proposed. In this regard millet-based recipe training of OTDC cooks was conducted on 29th August at IHM. Total 18 cooks participated during the training session not only for recipe preparations but also learning the various thumb rules while dealing with Millets.
Millet food testing Event at Kalinga Stadium , Bhubaneswar
One day workshop was held at Kalinga Stadium on food tasting for inclusion of millets-based meals in Sports Hostel on August 20, 2022. Millet based hot cook food including sandwich, curd rice, kheer, chakuli, idli etc. were served to all the attendees. The served food was highly recommended and received great appreciation from sports trainers, official staff, various sports HPC operations or managing heads, Head of department for Centre of excellence, Hostel Manager and Technical director. They held a discussion on the nutritive values and scope of inclusion in menus. It was a grand success and received great accolades from all.
Millet based food testing with Indian hockey team at Kalinga stadium Bhubaneswar
To celebrate the upcoming International Year of Millets and Hockey World Cup, an event was organised in the chair of Hockey legend Dr.Dilip Tirkey. As part of pre-league matches, Indian hockey team was presented with Millet hampers and was introduced to the various eatery items made of Millets. On the day of November 3, 2022 at Kalinga Stadium, Principal Secretary of A & FE Shri Arvind Padhee, President of hockey India Shri. Dilip Tirkey, Sports Secretary Shri. Vineel Krishna and Director of Agriculture Shri. Prem Chandra Chaudhury were present along with team India. The team appreciated the taste of Millet food and the enthusiasm Odisha Millets Mission has shown with presence of mascot Milli promoting Hockey and Millets.
Millet food tasting and millet inclusion plan with RAO at BOCCA Cafe
Odisha Millets Mission hosted a millet meet up with the Restaurant Association of Odisha (RAO) for a tasting session of millet-based dishes on October 31, 2022. The larger engagement and promotion of millets in other café and restaurants was discussed. Mission Shakti Women Self Help Group served curd rice, khichdi, sandwich, brownie, soup and ladoo. Around 20 participants from RAO were presented at the meeting.
Celebration of Mandia Divas
As Odisha is forerunner in the promotion of millets, it became the first state to celebrate the importance of Millets as the Government of Odisha has declared the first Thursday (November 10th 2022) of Margaisra Masa as per the Odia Calendar as Mandia Divas.(Millet Divas) popularized the benefits of Millets within the states and reached out to different regions as well with the enthusiasm and participation of the people. The Inaugural Ceremony of Celebration of “Mandia Divas” was organized in Lokseva Bhawan, Bhubaneswar Convention Hall on 10th November 2022. The occasion was marked with a video message from Hon’ble Chief Minister and inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Department with august presence of Hon’ble Minister, Mission Shakti, Hon’ble Minister, ST & SC and BC & Minority Development, Chief Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Odisha, Development Commissioner-cum-Agriculture Production Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary of Department of A&FE , Principal Secretary of Department of A&FE, Principal Secretary of Cooperation Deptt., Commissioner-cum-Secretary, ST&SC Development Deptt., Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Mission Shakti Deptt. and other dignitaries. In the Celebration, Progressive farmers, FPOs, Members from WSHGs, Officials from A&FE Deptt., NGOs and extension workers were present and awarded for their relentless contribution in making the Mission a success by far. The occasion was celebrated at both State and District level, and special menu of Millets were served. The compendium and Brochure were released in this event.
Millet based recipe demonstration at Belgadia Palace, Mayurbhanj
One day workshop was organized on October 27, 2022 with the Chef and staff at Belgadia Palace for inclusion of millet in their menu and some products in their stay suites. Millet is the best and assured source of local food available at tribal districts of Odisha with nutritional security. The inclusion of millet-based recipes in the food menu of Belgadia palace is absolutely a win-win situation. Serving millet-based food could make a difference on nutritional status. Being an abode to the foreign guests, it provides a platform for bringing millets to the plate and palate of the global audience
Inauguration of Millet Café at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Millet Shakti Outlet at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar in presence of Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture & farmers' empowerment on 12th January, 2023. Odisha has emerged as a role model in the country in augmenting millet production & promoting millet consumption. Remarking that hockey and Millets are rooted to our culture, SHGs from Mission Shakti engaged at the outlet. The outlet showcased healthy & delicious food for national and international guests.
Odisha Millet Mission tableau at State Republic Day
It is an honor for the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment to showcase Odisha Millet Mission tableau at the State Republic Day celebration at its capital, Bhubaneswar. The tableau reflecting the millet scenario in Odisha, millet mascot“Milli”, and International Year of Millets, 2023. It is fortunate that Millet tableau received first prize at the State Republic Day celebration.
Millet Exhibition and Food Stalls at Paschima Odisha Krushi Mela
The five-day (27th-31st January, 2023) Paschim Krushak Mela was inaugurated by Shri. Rajendra Pratap Swain, Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment, Fisheries & ARD, Govt of Odisha with presence of MLA Kuchinda, Chairman, WODC, Director of DA &FP, Bhubaneswar, ZP President & Collector, Sambalpur. Two millet food stalls and seven exhibition stalls set up in the mela for creation of awareness on IYM and Odisha Millets Mission and to promote different millet products. Food testing of different recipes carried out by the visitor to increase the household millet consumption.
Fan Village park stall at Kalinga stadium during Hockey World Cup
In view of the Men's Hockey World Cup, Mission Shakti SHG under Odisha Millets Mission has put up a stall in Fan Village Club/ Ollyland at Kalinga Stadium under the brand of Millet Shakti from 12th-29th January, 2023. On inauguration of the stall, it pulled a crowd of more than 800 people on the first day itself, and generated a business of around Rs.8000.
Millet stall at International Food Festival at Bhubaneswar
In convergence and collaboration with Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Millet food stall was placed during the event of International food festival. It was a joint initiative of Michael's Kitchen and Millet Shakti to serve both cooked and dry millet cuisines. With a good footfall the stall ran successfully. The event runs from 15th-29th January at IDCO ground, Bhubaneswar. Millet cuisines like ragi momo, ragi gupchup, ragi samosa, porso millet chicken biryani, foxtail millet khichdi, little millet kheer and ragi brownie were served to customers. On the opening day it attracted around 300 people. With a good number of customers, Millet stall at the International Food festival is also attracting attention from food bloggers and news media.
Millet food stall at City Fest, Rourkela
In view of the Men’s Hockey World Cup at Rourkela, the district administration organized a city fest from 14th-22nd January. Janavikash FPO was allotted a stall of Millet on Wheel where they sold hot cooked items like Ragi Bara/Samosa and little millet kheer. Food items were appreciated by everyone and there was a huge crowd in the stall. Indu SHG was also allotted stall to sell dry snacks like Ragi Muduku/ Ragi Khurma/Rose Cake/Nimiki/ laddu/mixture seu/boondi/Pop milo/cake/Gaja and different variety of millet grains and millet powder. Sorghum popcorn was a new food item for everyone and sold with a good amount.