Taking cognizance of high rate of malnutrition and drought situation in the state, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) launched its latest super food 'Teff', a crop variety that is high in protein content.
The advantage of Teff is it can be grown in both seasons of kharif (June-July) and Rabi (October-November) and is suitable for districts with dry zones of agriculture in Karnataka, CFTRI Director Mr Ram Rajasekharan said.
Being a drought resistant crop, Teff has a great potential for the nation yielding about 200-250 kg per acre. CFTRI plans to have workshops to sensitize farmers across the state and help develop recipes for Teff to blend into traditional Indian foods. Recently Teff was launched by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Bengaluru Ashram. CFTRI also has a MoU with Sri Sri Rural Development Program to extend its efforts to farmers for Super food production and farm gate food processing.
Teff, an ancient grain going back to the civilizations of Abyssinia, is a whole grain cereal crop and is the staple food crop of Ethiopia. It is gluten-free and has high resistant starch. It is a good choice for those suffering with celiac disease, for better diabetes management and weight control. Teff also has well balanced protein with all essential amino acids and is particularly rich in albumin proteins, which is equivalent to the vegetable version of egg whites.
The grain is rich in micronutrients including Calcium, Iron, Vitamin 'C' and other nutrients. Teff as an ingredient blends well into various foods like dosas, porridges, roti and gluten-free breads. It has advanced nutrition profiles that upon consistent consumption can help improve the health and wellness of our population. It has potential of helping alleviate malnutrition and help improve the health of those suffering from lifestyle related diseases including diabetes and obesity.
Mr Rajasekharan said that Teff grain comes from Ethiopia where Ragi too came from. Entire cultivation is just like Ragi. For farmers there are lot of advantages in growing teff as it does not require much water and can be cultivated in dry places especially in north Karnataka including Gulbarga and even in Bijapur.
"It is easy to adopt as the cultivation, harvesting and processing process is very simple. The endurance is very high due to which most of international marathon runners who have won medals in the Olympic (2016) during their interview have also mentioned that the secret behind their success is Teff grain. By just investing Rs 8,000 per acre, the farmers can get nearly 250 kgs of Teff grain. To promote this grain, we have also roped in NGOs," he said.UNI BSP RS HVB CS 1056
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