The Making of the OMITF2018

An af’Fair to remember !!!

Where does a Fair(y) tale culminate ? Why, in a palace of course …

With Kings and Queens and Ministers !!!

And this one is no different.

Giving you brief glimpses of how the Organics Millets International Trade Fair came about … and finally reached its happy ending in the grand environs of the Bangalore Palace grounds.

Well we had self appointed Millet queens and kings but the most important person who drove this entire tale was of course the Millet Minister – our very own Hon’ble Minister of Karnataka State for Agriculture, Shri Krishna Byre Gowda ūüôā

Follow this trail that starts from the various international and national level Road shows undertaken by Shri Krishna Byre Gowda, to district level organic and millet melas to melas with the Bangalore city ambit.

We also have here, glimpses of the Curtain raiser event, the several meetings at the Dept of Agriculture, links to the online recipe contests and a quick look at the final venue where you can view the structure in its various stages of fabrication.


Roadshows –

International –¬†





National –

Bangalore – Sep 22nd, 2017

Chennai – Oct 6th, 2017

Hyderabad – Oct 24th, 2017

Cochin – Oct 27th, 2017

New Delhi – Nov 27th, 2017

Mumbai -Dec 7th, 2017


District level melas (mini fairs) –¬†

  1. 25/26.11.2017 РTumakuru 
  2. Belagavi – covering Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Vijayapura, Bagalkot.
  3. 21/22-12-2017 – Shivamogga – covering Shivamogga, Davangere, Chitradurga
  4. 23/24-12-2017 – Mangaluru – covering Dakshina Kannada, Udupi
  5. 23/24-12-2017 – Bidar – covering Kalburgi, Bidar, Yadgiri
  6. 24/25-12-2017 – Raichur – covering Raichur, Koppal, Ballari
  7. 24/25-12-2017 – Mysuru – covering Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Mysuru, Ramanagara
  8. 30/31-12-2017 – Hubbali – covering Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri
  9. 30/31-12-2017 – Hassan – covering Hassan, Kodagu, Chikmagaluru
  10. 05/06-01-2018 – Kolar – covering Kolar, Chikballapur

Bangalore city melas –

  1. Organic and Millet Mela in Nagarbhavi,
  2. Organic and Millet Mela in Mahalakshmipura
  3. Organic and Millet Mela in Nagavara
  4. Organic and Millet Mela in Vidyranyapura
  5. Organic and Millet Mela in Koramangala
  6. Organic and Millet Mela in Kengeri

Other awareness programs –¬†

There were various other awareness programs held in Bangalore namely –

Nov 6th, 2018 – The Curtain Raiser – ITC Windsor

Dec 20th, 2017 – Culinary symposium at Ramiah Institute of Hotel Management

Jan 7th, 2018 РSmart Run at  Cubbon Park

Jan 14th, 2018 – Suggi Huggi the Sankranthi event at Lal Bagh

Dec 16th-30th, 2018 –¬†Online recipe contest to showcase millets in cooking¬†

Meetings –¬†

Various Committee Meetings – at Samrudhi Hall at the Dept of Agriculture, No 1 Seshadri Road

And later, several meetings at the venue –


Several Press meets –

Jan¬† ¬†, 2018 – Chef’s press meet – at Samrudhi Hall, Dept of Agriculture

Jan 13th, 2018 – Press meet and orientation session with Retailers, Marketers, Traders etc at the palace, followed by a pre Sankranthi lunch –

When earthy food is eaten in a Palace, there is a beautiful blend of the Regal and the Rustic.¬†And we had a pre sankranthi Habba oota (festival meal) at the Palace at the event where Shri Krishna Byre Gowda addressed the retailers, marketers, exporters, traders and similar stake holders, at a run up session to OMITF 2018 … at the royal venue¬†

Food prepared by Tumkur Farmer’s Association (Bhoomi mitra savaiyava sthala samithi, Sira Taluk, Tumkur) was a fully millet based meal and all the serving ware was bio degradeable.

Organic fruit salad, Foxtail millet Bisi bele baath, Barnyard millet rotti, Browntop millet Ridge gourd bajji (fritter), Kodo millet curd rice, Little millet sweet with organic jaggery.

The katori and napkin was made from waste sugarcane fibre.
Everything was delicious.

More pictures here on Facebook – Retailer Orientation session.

Jan 17th, 2018 –

Volunteer orientation program involving officials from the various districts of Karnataka who were deputed to assist and take care of the event logistics and also student volunteers from Mount Carmel college.


Creating the structure at the venue –¬†

The Palace grounds in various stages of being readied for the final OMITF2018.

Glimpses of the final OMITF2018 –

More details here –

Day 1 OMITF2018

Day 2 OMITF2018

Day 3 OMITF2018

The dinner after –¬†

On the day after the closing of the fair, the Minister hosted a dinner at the Palace grounds to thank all the members of the OMITF2018 committee.

For more pictures see My Facebook – The Making of the OMITF2018

This is the Official website  for all details regarding the OMITF2018.

This is the Official Facebook Page for all the events and coverage.

This is the Official Twitter handle.

This is the Official Instagram handle.


The summary below, is sourced from the Dept of Agriculture –¬†

The ‚ÄėOrganics and Millets 2018- International Trade Fair‚Äô is an international conference and¬†exposition on a vista of opportunities in agriculture, horticulture, processing and marketing. The¬†event offers an excellent platform for farmers, buyers, sellers and exporters of organic produce¬†and Millets. This fair also facilitates organic product processors, manufacturers of farm¬†equipment and others, to showcase their products and expertise in organic and Millets related¬†areas.

The fair serves as an important confluence for all organic stakeholders for the promotion of trade and sharing of information and knowledge about organic agribusiness. In Karnataka, Organic and Millet farmers have been organised into 14 Regional Federations, which produce a wide ranging variety of organic and Millet crops. This trade fair provides an easy platform to connect with this wide producer base. It is a one stop opportunity to source requirements of organic and Millet crops.


The ‚ÄėOrganics and Millets 2018- International Trade Fair‚Äô, is organised by the Department of¬†Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka, Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing and¬† Export¬†Corporation Limited (KAPPEC), State Agricultural Universities and Jaivik Krishik Society.¬†International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) is the Knowledge Partner for¬†the event. ASSOCHAM, The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India is the industry partner¬†for the event. The Millets Research Associates are the ‚ÄėIndian Institute of Millets Research‚Äô¬†(IIMR) and the ‚ÄėInternational Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics‚Äô (ICRISAT).

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2 Responses to The Making of the OMITF2018

  1. Sanjana Bhattarahally Satish says:

    Beautiful friends and memor s to cherish

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