Dhenknanal (Biranchi Narayan Seth): Tribals used to prefer their millets for consumption as well as sale for their livelihood purposes . Tribals of Kankadahada used to take millets like Mandia, Suankhir and Kangu but they are oblivious for years for lack of opportunities .
In order to bring back their food habits and strengthen sources of livelihood , departments of Agriculture , Horticulture , Fishery and animal husbandry have launched awareness, training and on the spot guidance to tribals of Putipal, Ekul and Sekul villages with joint efforts in their villages on hilly areas . They are trying to focus to upgrade their skill and providing these seeds to raise saplings in their lands surrounded by Dense forest .
Now tribals [ juang ] have taken interest to grow these millets as it was their staple food in the past Even consumers want these but various companies sell these food items with colourful package with high price.
Chief district Agriculture officer Ansuman Patnaik informed we have adopted these tribal villages by providing all need based facilities to promote their indigenous crop culture so that it can strengthen their economy . Apart from the millets district administration has taken steps to promote poultry there .
Earlier [ last Novemeber ] Collector Saroj kumar Sethi accompanied district dept heads to understand plight of the tribals who are not connected with mainstream society and ensured all required facilities like road connectivity , transport facility for PDS materials and funds sanctioned for road after departure from these villages.
However tribal people first believed presence of district authorities and getting support in the remote villages , said social worker Umakant Mahant .