Millet processing – principles techniques and challenges
Wednesday, May 13th 2020. 3 PM to 4 PM (Indian Std Time)
Millets, like almost all other grains, need to be processed before they can be used for human consumption. While the naked grains (Pearl, Sorghum and Finger) are most often ground into a flour, the husked millets (Foxtail, Little, Kodo, Proso, Brown top and Barnyard) are dehusked and used in their rice forms. In this session, we shall understand the basic steps and principles in cereal grain processing. We shall go into the characteristics of a few millets sufficiently enough to appreciate how their cleaning and processing would be different from that of paddy and wheat grains. The focus of the presentation shall be on some of the major challenges in processing millets and the steps we can take to overcome these when processing manually or with machines.
Anchor/Moderator: Anitha Reddy
Anitha is an Associate Director of Sahaja Samrudha, an Organic Farmers Association in Karnataka a Co-Convener of the Working Group on Millets in the RRA-Network. She has been working on issues of seed conservation, food security, livelihoods and socio-economic development of rural women. She is a founder member of a successful Producers Company – Sahaja Samrudha Organic Producer Company.
She has established an innovative, remunerative Community Marketing value chain of organic vegetables for small producers which has stood the test of time. As part of her various roles, she interacts with various grassroots groups and has faced and found ways to over come the challenges posed by processing of agricultural commodities.
Speaker: Dr. Dwiji Guru
Dwiji is a serial entrepreneur, technology developer, researcher, and advocate for sustainable food systems. Dwiji consult for and work with various stakeholders – from farmers to consumers – on dry land farming, processing, specializing in various aspects of millets spanning a broad spectrum from cultivation practices, processing, cooking to nutrition.
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From the session
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- Q & A (post session first cut)
Previous sessions in KMW 2020
- May 4th – Community centric approach – cultivation, processing, consumption
- May 7th – Cooking Characteristics & insights on millet dishes
- May 10th – Millets and Agro-bio, food, and nutritional diversity – past, present and future