Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Haryana
Replacing rice crop with millets is a climate resilient approach since millets are less input crops especially in conserving water, resistant to climatic stress, pests and diseases. Millets are rich in nutrients and if compare with rice may provide double nutrition. Pearl millet is the commonly produced and consumed millet in Haryana, Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh however, its utilization has been found limited due its consumption restricted to winter season. Roti and khichdi, the two popular traditional products of pearl millet are least liked by children, adolescents and youngsters. There is an urgent need to increase the consumption of pearl millet among rural and urban population by introducing pearl millet based diversified value-added products. This study was aimed to train rural women for developing diversified value-added products of pearl millet such as self- stable pearl millet flour, pearl millet laddoo, cutlet, sev, sprouted and popped pearl millet, pearl millet based idli, dhokla, cake, biscuits and cookies. Sixty women were divided in two groups of 30 women in each. Five days training was organized for both the groups separately at KVK, Faridabad, CCS HAU, Hisar during 2022-2023. Results indicated that post knowledge score at baseline were ranged from 0.47±0.28 to 0.90±0.41 which increased significantly (p≤0.05) after exposure of five days training programme on demonstration of preparation of diversified pearl millet-based products and ranged from 1.00±0.32 to 1.92±0.57. As a result, there was a significant gain in awareness and knowledge regarding processing, products development, cost calculation, packaging and marketing of developed products, nutritional and health benefits and entrepreneurial potential of pearl millet-based products.