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siri1SIRIKRISI is working as a network of farmers, organisations and individuals to carry out activities to bring back millets as part of the local farming system and also in retaining the social, cultural importance of millets in food and social functions.


In collaboration with Millet Network of India , SCOPE formed Siridhanya Kriya Samithi (SIRIKRISI) along with two other organisations RAPID and Atmadeep with the following

Objectives

Understanding the situation of millet in agriculture, food culture, processing and marketing.
   
Conducting Millet Food Melas  in Dharwad district to raise awareness and interest about millets.
   
Organise millet farmers into an association
   
Establish a Siri Dhanya Kendra ( Millet Resource Center ) in Dharwad, to exhibit different millets and their varieties; and to act as an information resource center on millets
   
Organise a national level convention of millet farmers in collaboration with Millet Network of India (MINI)
   
   
   

SIRIKRISI is working as a network of farmers, organisations and individuals to carry out activities to bring back millets as part of the  local farming system and also in retaining the social, cultural importance of millets in food and social events.  

In collaboration with Millet Network of India, SCOPE formed Siridhanya Kriya Samithi (SIRIKRISI) along with two other organisations RAPID and Atmadeep with the following objectives.

 
          • Understanding the situation of millet in agriculture, food culture, processing and marketing.
          • Conducting Millet Food Melas   in Dharwad district to raise awareness and interest about millets.
          • Organise millet farmers into an association
          • Establish a Siri Dhanya Kendra ( Millet Resource Center ) in Dharwad, to exhibit different millets and their varieties; and to act as an information resource center on millets
          • Organise a national level convention of millet farmers in collaboration with Millet Network of India (MINI)

Farmers’ meet on millet cultivation:

  A farmers’ meet (5th September, 2011) was convened at Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha Dharwad.. The farmers were divided into groups based on their areas and discussed mainly on the following.
   
 
  • Millets that are under cultivation at present
  • The farmers and villages growing millets
   
Reasons for change in extent of cultivation and use of millets
   

 

National level convention of millet farmers:

 

For the first time in India, a National level Convention of millet farmers was organised at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad on 16th and 17th October, 2011. Millet Network of India (MINI) had organised the event with SIRIKRISI Dharwad and University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad were the co organisers. 

This first ever convention saw 120 farmers from eight Indian states participating in it with enthusiasm. The participants listened to various sessions, interacted amongst themselves, narrated their stories, analysed their issues and drove the discussions towards possible solutions to help millets regain their past glory.  During all the sessions farmers were the major actors and the “Dharwad Declaration” was drafted by them. The convention was a challenge since the participants were a heterogeneous group with diverse languages, food cultures, tastes and requirements. During the “Listening sessions”, farmers from each region - south, north, north-east, west and east, made presentations and shared their experiences of carrying out millet farming. In doing so, they identified various challenges they faced in their pursuits and the solutions that they thought could help them overcome those challenges. At the end of each presentation, the floor was opened for discussions during which farmers from other regions shared their insights.

   

The Dharwad Declaration:

 

The millet growing farmers, inter alia, urged the state and central governments to offer multiple bonuses like climate change bonus, water conservation bonus and nutrition bonus as the millets are low carbon sequestration crops that help us fight the carbon crisis and also because millets are grown without irrigation. The declaration also urged the Governments to take steps to introduce millet processing machines. The milleteers also urged the universities and ICAR to initiate research on millets that truly reflect farmer perspectives on the way such research is designed and conducted. They demanded urgent introduction of millets in all forms of Public Food Systems 

Thirty three persons from the civil society and individuals attended and contributed significantly to the success of the conference

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