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Biodiversity and organic food festival

Opening of DESI FOOD STORE

@ No 80, 4th stage, Akshay Clolony, Hubli on 26th Feb 2014

The astounding varieties of Rice, Millets, Vegetables, Fruits and value added products is being brought from all corners of Karnataka. From tasty organic foods and snacks to traditional grains, dal, fresh greens and fruits.
The Nature Store is a platform to link organic farmers and consumers.
Enjoy the goodness of Safe Food and be a part of the movement.

For more details contact: 9538691868 and 9739384020
NATURE STORE IS AN INITIATIVE OF SAHAJA SAMRUDHA and DESHPANDE FOUNDATION

Organic Seed Production National Workshop

Bengaluru Seed Festival - 28th and 29th September 2013

Seed is the keystone element of our entire agricultural system. India is known for its rich cultural heritage, traditional wisdom and seed diversity. Our immense crop diversity has its own uniqueness that can adapt to evolving agro-climatic conditions. But it took only few decades after ‘Green revolution’ to supplant our indigenous crops with improved/hybrid/GM crops endangering the entire agro-ecosystem and sustainability of millions of livelihoods dependent on farming.

The overall aim of this festival is to create awareness among the masses about the traditional seed diversity and support the conservation efforts of seed savers. More 1500 varieties of traditional crop seeds brought by 200 seed savers and farmers from different states will be displayed.

Table showing details of different mela's(fairs) organized and sales during 2010-2013

Year

Purpose

Place

No. of Days

Sale Details (Lakh)

2010

Red Rice Mela

Bangalore

2

2

2010

Millet Mela

Bangalore

2

1.75

2011

Savayava  Santhe

Bangalore

3

4

2011

Millet Mela

Mysore

2

1.5

2011

Red Rice Mela

Bangalore

2

.5

2012

Millet Mela

Shimoga

2

2.5

2012

Red Rice Mela

Shimoga

3

3

2012

Savayava Mela

Bangalore

2

2.5

2013

Red Rice Mela

Mysore

3

3

2013

Red Rice Mela

Hubli

3

5

2013

Savayava Santhe

Hubli

4

2.5

Total Sales Amount from 2010-13

30.25


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Red Rice Mela




To showcase the nutritious red rice and the diversity of the red rices of the State, "Red Rice Mela" was held in Bangalore, Mysore, Shimoga and Hubli by Sahaja Samrudha in collaboration with NABARD, Save Our Rice Campaign and other like minded organisational support.

The popularization of red rice and inclusion of them into our daily diet is the focus of the Mela. Red rice being the store houses of nutrients are miles ahead of polished rice but still an ignored food crop. With all the benefits yet, red rice have been marginalized and they have been overlooked and many of the farmers are into cultivation of only hybrid varieties that are high in yield value. Even the government encourages the distribution and cultivation of these hybrid rices that don't contain any nutrition in them.

The mela addressed some of the issues pertaining to the neglect of the crop diversity. During these mela the exhibition of about 150 traditional rices, earheads, ready to eat foods and value additions out of red rice will be sold, issue of informative leaflets, poster and power point presentations and group discussions that include farmers, consumers, nutritionist, doctors, department persons, scientists and other social network persons share their views about benefits of consuming red rice in our daily life.

Release of few publications and release of rice calendar every year are planned during these mela's to create better awareness and to sensitise media. Best rice growers will be honored and given recongination by publishing articles.

Millet Mela
MILLETS BACK  IN THE MEALS…



Minor millets are small-seeded species crops, grown around the world for food and fodder. Essential similarities of the members of this group of species are the resilience and ability to thrive in harsh environments, along with nutritious seed content. They have been cultivated since immemorial time.

Millet occupies an important place in the food culture and ritual of the people of South Karnataka. It is also known as poor man’s crop because it is used as staple food for marginalized families. Millet grains are used in preparation of beverages, porridge, snacks, flat breads, rice, sweet, and other supplementary food. Besides its importance in the indigenous diet, cultivation of millet occupies a significant place in the cultural calendar of people in Karnataka.

Sahaja Samrudha began with popularization of millets and inclusion of them into our daily diet. The Millet Mela or the ‘Siridhanya Mela’ organized in Bangalore, Mysore and Shimoga was keen in promotion of these most neglected crops.

The exhibition along with raw cereals, the mela offered processed millet-based flakes, healthy malt powder, aata, vermicelli, biscuits and bakery products made of ragi and various millets. and earheads. Also, ready-foods such as papad, chakkuli, ladu, kajjaya, kolbale, biscuits are all attracting the foodies. Besides, it has kept on display a range of organically developed food and food products.

Media place a major role in popularising the mela's and spreading the godness of these millets with series of articles appear in almost all local newspapers.

Safe Food Mela
INDIA FOR SAFE FOOD campaign against toxic agri-inputs launched



Bangalore, June 25th 2012: Spurred by negative impacts of chemical pesticides and other toxic inputs in our food and farming, and advocating a shift towards ecological farming, a nation-wide mobilization campaign called INDIA FOR SAFE FOOD was launched, steered by ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture). This campaign is meant to create awareness amongst citizens about the ill-effects of pesticides to begin with, in the wake of numerous reports on India’s contaminated food and natural resources. Incidentally, this was the theme picked up by the popular television show anchored by Aamir Khan, Satyamev Jayate and activists of India For Safe Food were part of the show. ASHA and Sahaja Samrudha announced a Safe Food Mela in Lal Bagh on June 30th and July 1st to kickstart the campaign in Karnataka.

Safe Food mela had more than 20 organic outlets in the city set up their stalls, in addition to a poster exhibition, petition drive, an orientation to urban/terrace/balcony gardening, film screening, quiz contest, organic seed display and sales, lectures etc.

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