November 11, 2017

Tata Steel's OMQ Division celebrates agro forest food diversity

  • The fest titled Prajatiya Khaydyotsav witnessed a footfall of 5,000 people, including school children
  • 110 varieties of tribal food showcased during the agro forest food diversity fest at Noamundi

Noamundi: To celebrate and appreciate the ethnicity of the tribal communities in and around its areas of operation, Tata Steel’s Ore Mines & Quarries (OMQ) division organised a grand agro forest food diversity fest Prajatiya Khadyotsav at Sport Complex, Noamundi, today.

Agro forest food diversity fest Prajatiya Khadyotsav was a success and witnessed a footfall of 5,000 people

The event portrayed different aspects of tribal life from ethnic wear to cooking to daily lifestyle to celebration of different festivals by the tribal communities. A total of 70 self-help groups showcased 110 varieties of tribal food in the fest.

Geeta Koda, MLA, Jagannathpur, gracing the occasion as chief guest, said, “ The sports complex has been converted into a big tribal kitchen today and it’s all looking beautiful. I am thankful to Tata Steel for providing such a platform to the tribal communities of this region.”

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Pankaj Satija, general manager (OMQ), Tata Steel, said, “I am happy to see the footfall and participation of school children in the fest today. This event is one of our efforts to contribute to the National Biodiversity Target 1 and 11, which talks about biodiversity awareness to youth and strengthening of communities traditional knowledge on biodiversity respectively.”

From agro forest produce to display of tribal products to an array of mouthwatering tribal food, such as biri daal, saag pakora, spicy kurkuti chutni with kurut kunda, and sweet dishes, such as mahua laddo and suji kakar, kept pulling people to the stalls.

Other guests present on the occasion included Dr Kartik Charan Lenka, scientist; MS Swaminathan, Research Foundation, Koraput, Odisha; Archana Relan, founder, Miraculous Millets, Bhopal, Uttar Pradesh; Dr Krishna Prasad, assistant professor, Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi; SN Vaidya, research officer, Institute of Forest Productivity ICFRE, Ranchi; P Patmajhi, senior technical officer, Indian Institute of Natural Resins & Gums, Ranchi; and Samaresh Bhandari, block development officer, Noamundi.