The International Year of Millets (IYOM)-2023 will present an opportunity to increase global production, efficient processing, and better use of crop rotation, as well as to promote millets as a significant component of the food basket, according to Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar. According to him, the United Nations has designated 2023 as the International Year of Millet (IYOM) on the proposal of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
Speaking to the High Commissioners/Ambassadors based in Delhi at a luncheon co-hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the Ministry of External Affairs as a pre-launch celebration of the IYOM23, Mr. Tomar stated, "Through this, our aim is to increase the domestic and global consumption of Millets."
According to him, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is collaborating with other Central Ministries, the State Governments, and other stakeholder organisations to enhance millet production and consumption.
As a result of millets' high nutritional content, he said that the Indian government had declared millet to be a healthy cereal in April 2018 and that it was also a part of the Poshan Mission campaign.
The National Food Security Mission's (NFMS) nutritious cereal component for millets is being implemented in 212 districts throughout 14 States. In addition to this, the states offer a variety of help to farmers.
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