First Ladies relished millet laddus prepared by women farmers of Bastar; Women farmers invited the First Lady to visit Bastar
Head of the states and their spouses attending G20 Summit in India were delighted to have Bastar’s millet, especially the laddus made from ragi
The occasion was a special invitation to the first ladies and spouses of the participating heads of G20 countries for an agricultural exhibition at the PUSA-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) campus in New Delhi on 9 September.
Women from Bastar, Chhattisgarh had prepared special dishes made from millet for the dignitaries.
Sangeeta Kashyap, who came from Bastanar block of Bastar district, informed that she had prepared dishes from millet like millet laddu, ragi cookies, ragi chakli, kodo-kutki etc and gifted a basket full of these dishes to the First Lady of Australia.
The women also invited the First Lady to visit Bastar. Rukmani Kottam, nodal officer of Chhattisgarh Agriculture Department, who came with these women, said that a stall was also set up by the Chhattisgarh Agriculture Department in Pusa. On behalf of the department, in the stall, products made of bamboo like Supa, Tukni, Tokri, Tuma, Chhatri as well as products made of millet are kept, which are very much liked by the visitors coming here. She said that the stalls of Chhattisgarh’s Dhokrakala and Kosa made from natural dye were also the center of attraction for the visitors.
Nirmala Bhaskar, from the women’s group of Gotul Munda village of Durg Kondal block of Kanker, said that they gifted a basket containing millet products prepared by a women’s group of Chhattisgarh, to the First Lady of New Zealand.
She said that the First Lady also took a selfie with her and told her that she will share it with her family members in New Zealand. Nirmala Bhaskar said that it was a memorable moment which can never be forgotten.