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Millets and Fish Food Festival in Kochi Promotes Healthy Eating Habits

A three-day millets and fish food festival is being organized in Kochi, India, from December 28 to 30, 2023. The event is being organized by the Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra, under the supervision of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

The festival aims to promote healthy eating habits by showcasing the nutritional and health benefits of millets and their fusion with fish. The festival will feature a variety of activities, including:

* A buyer-seller meet for millet farmers and traders
* A millet and fish food festival featuring a variety of dishes
* A live fish sale
* A sale of millets and millet-based products
* A millet cookery show
* A millet recipe contest
* A technology exhibition
* Product launches
* Nutrition and health talks and seminars

The festival will also feature a stall from Lakshadweep showcasing indigenous farm produce and food products from the islands.

“The main objective of the festival is to promote healthy eating habits and create a market value chain for millets in Kerala,” said Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, director of CMFRI. “Introducing millets into Kerala cuisine will be beneficial to this sector. We also aim to help millet farmers find markets, promote startups and entrepreneurship related to millets.”

The festival will be attended by millet farmers, farmer producer companies, fish processing industry representatives, and entrepreneurs from various parts of the country. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Indian Institute of Millet Research in Hyderabad, National Fisheries Development Board, Kerala Food Safety Authority, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), NIFATT, Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen (SAFE), Food Crafts Institute Kalamassery, Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association, and Kerala Bakers Association are among the partners of the event.

The festival is open to the public and admission is free.

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