Talk on Impacts of millet consumption on agriculture

Colloquium at the Azim Premji University, Post Graduate Campus, Electronic City, Bengaluru on Friday 16th Aug. 2019 @ 2 PM  Consumption and production are interlinked processes – an increase in either can only be sustained if there is a corresponding increase in the other. There are multiple reasons to promote millet cultivation – its climate hardiness, … Continue reading Talk on Impacts of millet consumption on agriculture

An audio visual guide to Community Scale Small Millet Processing Here are a series of short clips giving a brief overview of community scale small millet processing. This was put together in 2016 for the DHAN Foundation and the Small Millets Foundation with support from IDRC, Canada.

Why is the bran so rich in nutrients?

The grains that we grow, harvest and eat as cereals are produced by the plants as their next generation. Observing the cereal grains from this perspective helps us better understand and appreciate the structure and nutritional composition in the grains. As mentioned in the earlier posting discussing the structure of a husked millet grain, the … Continue reading Why is the bran so rich in nutrients?

Dehusking small millets – its what we retain that matters

Cereal grains that we eat in the form of rice have a husk that we cannot digest. We need to remove this outer most layer to bring it to a form where as much of the nutrition in the grain is made accessible to our bodies. This process of removing the husk is called dehusking, … Continue reading Dehusking small millets – its what we retain that matters

Grading in community scale small millet processing

Millets are cultivated predominantly as rain fed crops. They are known to be fairly hardy and can survive long dry spells and fare reasonably well even when there is too much rain. Their hardiness allows for farmers to cultivate these crops with minimum inputs and efforts. Small millet crops do not require the field to … Continue reading Grading in community scale small millet processing

Steps in small millet processing

Like any grain processing, small millet processing involves three primary tasks: Size Grading Density Grading Hulling (also referred to as dehusking) An eccentric or vibrating grader is used to achieve size grading, a destoner is used for density grading and an impact or shear huller is used for hulling. Most people talking about millet processing invariably focus … Continue reading Steps in small millet processing

All seeds are grains, but every grain does not make a seed!

As we approach the time to gather seeds for the upcoming season …


There is an old wisdom shared in almost all languages of the subcontinent – that all seeds are grains but not all grains can qualify to be used as seeds. Recently grains of 6 different millet varieties were processed at the Earth360 facility in Kadiri, A.P.. While part of the size based selection is done using a grader, the larger & heavier grains (the images in the left hand side column) are selected for seeds using multiple passes in a destoner. The remaining material (the images in the right hand side column) shall be collected and used for other purposes, including for processing to human edible forms.

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Lets call it bleached rice, not polished rice

I was lucky to have had the opportunity to spend a good part of a day a couple of weeks ago with an amazing group of students and faculty from Massey University, New Zealand. They were traveling through south India on a study tour - trying to understand how Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship is … Continue reading Lets call it bleached rice, not polished rice