India open it’s first food museum in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. This food museum has been established under the aegis of Food Corporation of India (FCI). Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Piyush Goyal, recently inaugurated this food museum via video conferencing.
Food Corporation of India developed this museum jointly with Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museums, Bengaluru. Food museum has been built in 1860 sqft. with a cost of around Rs 1.10 crore.
A lesser known fact is that, Thanjavur is the birthplace of FCI. The first office of FCI was opened on January 14, 1965 in this city.
Many of you might be wondering about what would be showcased in a Food museum! So here it is, the museum will be displaying the evolution of man from the nomadic hunter groups into the agricultural communities. It will showcase how the civilisation evolved over the period of time. You can also see here, various grain storage methods, which were used in the ancient times both globally as well as indigenously.
The museum will also provide you with all the other informative content digitally. It will show the journey of FCI, along with its present operations. Have you ever thought about how the food reaches you from farm to your plates? If not, then you can explore this at the Food museum. And the best part is that the entry to the museum is free, as stated by the authorities.
It houses state of the art exhibits including breakthrough technologies such as projection mapping, Radio frequency identification, touch screen kiosk, proximity sensors and touch sensors, which will be of great interest to the school and college students as well as the general public.
After the inauguration ceremony of the museum, in the presence of Sudhanshu Dubey, secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Atish Chandra, chairman and Managing Director of FCI, Union minister, Piyush Goyal said that, the food security museum will showcase India’s agricultural evolution from dependency to self-sufficiency.
“Thanjavur, which is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, will now be showing the agricultural history of India. Everybody in the world is talking about food security, everybody realizes how important it is. During the earlier pandemics, more people died of hunger in the world than the pandemic itself. Thanks to the work of our farmers, you (employees of FCI) were able to provide adequate food grains to every single citizen of India. From food security, we have progressed to farmer security and from farmer security, we are progressing to consumer security. So, the world now sees India as a trusted partner,” he said.