Finger Millet Case Study

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1.1 Background of the study Figure 1 : Finger millet seeded grasses Finger millet (Eleusine corocana) is a small seeded, annual cereal grasses which are adapted to tropical and arid climates that belongs to the family Poaceae (Shobana et al., 2013). Finger millet is widely cultivated in in Africa and Asia and is used primarily for human food by the lower income group as the preferred millet, due to its abundance and low cost (Karki and Kharel, 2012). Finger millet has grew significance in the recent years due to its nutritional quality. Patel & Verma (2015) reported finger millet to be a rich source of protein, iron, calcium, phosphorous, fiber and vitamin content thus suitable for growing children and aged people. Finger millets are as well rich in phytochemicals associated with lowering cholesterol and reducing cancer risk. (Patel and Verma, 2015). Finger millet is characterised by being resistance to drought, least affected by pest and diseases and have longer storage; hence it can be important during famine (Tekaligne et al., 2015). Finger millet is known an important cereal diversification option in light of being gluten free for those who experience gluten sensitivity (Hathon, 2014). Finger millet is processed into numerous diverse ways in preparation of different food products. Finger millet undergoes primary processing which comprising milling into flour. The flour may then be made into slurry by adding cold water which is then introduced to boiling water in

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