The millet festival will prioritise demonstrations of home-grown millets in order to encourage farmers to use modern mechanisation technology
A zonal-level millet festival will be conducted at the Paaparapatty Agriculture Research Centre, in Dharmapuri on May 28 and 29 as part of the ongoing International Year of Millets celebrations.
According to the administration, the two-day festival, which will begin on May 28, will feature over 70 exhibitors, seminars, conferences, and dialogues between farmers and scientists, field demonstrations, implement use, and new millet crop varieties.
Tamil Nadu has around 2,75,862 acres under millet cultivation, which is a rain-fed crop, and Dharmapuri is famously regarded as a "millet district" with 1,25,115 acres under millet cultivation.
The district's millet crops include foxtail millet, sorghum, finger millet, small millet, pearl millet, and kodo millet.
The millet festival here will prioritise demonstrations of home-grown millets in order to encourage farmers to use modern mechanisation technology.
Farmers from Krishnagiri, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Tirupattur, Vellore, and Kallakurichi will participate in the festival. Many such festivities will be held as part of the ongoing millet festivals, according to Collector K. Shanthi.