Cook with ?energy cake?
COOKING MAY become a cakewalk for ruralfolk if this ‘energy cake’ catches on. Smokeless, it is made of agricultural waste — dry paddy, husk and chaff.
The energy cake was among 200 rural technologies displayed at a five-day exhibition-cum-mela held at Bahadurpur, 28 km from here in Amethi parliamentary constituency.
The exhibition was held under the auspices of the Union Science and Technology and Ocean Development Ministry. A kilogram of the cake can give energy at 500 centigrade for an hour and a half. It is not dependent on cow dung and relieves rural women of the need to collect firewood.
The Regional Research Centre, Bhubaneswar, displayed a pulse thresher-cum-winnower technique in its stall. This technique facilitates simultaneous thrashing, winnowing and sieving.
The Natural Club of India displayed a modern technique of growing plants with soil and without soil. The Allahabad Research and Extension stalls exhibited the technique of lac cultivation. The Bio-Technology Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology, demonstrated rearing of Japanese Turkey (bater).
Some stalls at the exhibition displayed techniques for cultivation of medicinal plants. Banks and financial institutions were at hand to provide loans to farmers.
The exhibition-cum-mela was inaugurated by Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, in the presence of Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, on February 18.
The exhibition is drawing a big crowd of farmers daily. The MP’s representative KL Sharma is supervising it.