LEH: ‘Juley Ladakh’ in collaboration with Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Leh organised a buckwheat festival at Leh bazaar on Thursday.
The festival was chaired by CEC, LAHDC, Leh Dorjay Mutup and attended by Executive Councillor for Agriculture Tsering Wangdus, ADC Leh Moses Kunzang and many other dignitaries from government and non-government organisations concerned with sustainable development and agriculture related activities.
CEC Dorjay Mutup appreciated Juley Ladakh and assured LAHDC’s support and cooperation to organisation like this that works on sustainable development.
CEC said that besides its health benefits, growing of buckwheat, which is called ‘dao’ in Ladakhi, will also help improve Ladakhi farmers’ economy.
While ADC Moses Kunzang appreciated the team from Japan who had come to Ladakh to teach Ladakhis about buckwheat’s health benefits and also teach how to prepare different cuisines out of buckwheat. He said this is on the lines of LAHDC’s vision for sustainable development. Moses Kunzang also appreciated entrepreneurs like Nilza Angmo who have started restaurants to serve Ladakhi cuisines. Executive Councillor Tsering Wangdus also spoke on the occasion.
The festival was organised to educate people about health and economic benefits of buckwheat which used to be cultivated in many parts of Ladakh, especially in lower Ladakh. Buckwheat is grown in Japan as well as in many parts of Leh district including Sham area and Turtuk-Bogdang belt besides in Kargil district of Ladakh region.
Entrepreneurs Nilza Angmo, who started Alchi Kitchen, Thinlas Chorol who started Ladakhi Women’s Cafe and Padma Lamo , the owner of Ladakhi Food Corner were also present. Stalls were put up to demonstrate different cuisines prepared using buckwheat. Teruo Kobayashi from Subarie Group Japan spoke about the benefits of buckwheat and how it is being used in Japan.
As many people had given up cultivation of buckwheat on account of several reasons over the years, organizations like Juley Ladakh are making people aware of how precious this crops this. Juley Ladakh, a Japan based organisation, has been organising workshops and exchanges of knowledge between Ladakh and Japan about the use of buckwheat and its health benefits as buckwheat is grown both in Ladakh as well as in Japan. A team from Japan has been coming to Ladakh through ‘Juley Ladakh’ for few years now and has carried out a research on buckwheat in Ladakh
Earlier, Chairman Juley Ladakh Skarma Gyurmet briefed about the organisation’s activities and said that it advocates for sustainable future through international cooperation and exchange activities between Japan and Ladakh.
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