Tuber Crops Ethnic Food Festival organized at Namsai

Tuber Crops Ethnic Food Festival organized at Namsai

NAMSAI, Dec 5: The ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CTCRI), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Namsai (ICAR-Research Complex for North Eastern Hills, AP Centre, Basar) organised Tuber Crops Ethnic Food Festival and Stakeholders meet at KVK campus here today on the occasion of World Soil Health Day.

This mega event was inaugurated by Chongkham MLA Chow Tewa Mein in presence of ICAR-CTCRI scientists, districts officials from Agriculture, Fisheries and Industry departments. Mein informed that tuber crops like cassava, sweet potato, yams and taro are traditionally cultivated in Namsai; however, the value addition of the tubers is yet to be initiated. He called for a collaborative approach involving ICAR-CTCRI, KVK Namsai and departments of Agriculture and Industries to develop small scale industries for processing tuber crops. During the program, the MLA also distributed Jal Kund, farm equipments, Kalinga brown chicks and Soil Health Cards to the farmers.

Dr P Sethuraman Sivakumar, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI indicated that tuber crops products like chips, namkeen, pasta and noodles have high potential for developing farmer-oriented village level industries. He assured that ICAR-CTCRI will provide technological and handholding support to interested entrepreneurs.

B R Dey, Assistant Director, Industries, Namsai said that the value addition is a key to double the farmers income and lauded the efforts of ICAR-CTCRI for initiating the value addition efforts in Arunachal Pradesh. Dr Manish Kanwat, Sr Scientist & Head, KVK, Namsai and Assistant Director, Fisheries SK Jawal also spoke.

After the stakeholders meet, ICAR-CTCRI scientists Dr R Muthuraj and Dr T Krishnakumar conducted technical sessions on tuber crops varieties, organic farming, quality planting material production and entrepreneurship development through value added products. Dr Santosh Kumar, SMS, KVK, Namsai stressed on soil pollution and explained the soil health and its impacts on plant, animal and human.

During Ethic Food Festival, total of 13 SHGs and progressive farmers from different villages of Namsai district showed their local recipes. In the continuation of the programme, scientists from ICAR-CTCRI, Kerala demonstrated the preparation of pasta from cassava based tuber crops. Different products like fried snack products such as chips, namkeen, pasta, sabudana, flour and starch prepared from the different tuber crops for various food purposes were also demonstrated.

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