International Year of Millets 2023 kick starts today in India

Published Jan 2, 2023

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The Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has chosen a proactive multi-stakeholder engagement strategy in order to accomplish the objective of IYM 2023 and propagate Indian millets around the world

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The International Year of Millets (IYM) 2023 initiative, supported by the Indian government and led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was approved by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in the previous year. The step has been crucial in allowing the Government of India to lead the way in IYM celebrations. PM Modi discussed his goal of making IYM 2023 a "People's Movement" and establishing India as a "Global Hub for Millets" with the concerned authorities and officials on Sunday. As per the document issued by the Centre on Jan 1, one of the first crops to be domesticated in India was millets, and there are numerous examples of its consumption from the Indus Valley culture. Millets are currently grown in more than 130 countries and represent a staple diet for more than 500 million people in Asia and Africa. Millets are largely a kharif crop in India and require less water and agricultural inputs than other staple foods of a similar nature. Millets are significant due to their enormous ...
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