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IYOM 2023 Will Help India To Globally Promote Millets As Nutritious Cereals: Tomar

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the ministry is working in mission mode to increase millet production and consumption

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The International Year of Millets (IYOM) 2023 will provide an opportunity to increase global production, efficient processing and better use of crop rotation and promote millets as a major component of the food basket, said Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday. 

While addressing the high commissioners and ambassadors based in Delhi, he said that through this, our aim is to increase the domestic and global consumption of Millets.

Tomar said the ministry is working in mission mode to increase millet production and consumption in collaboration with other central ministries, all state governments and other stakeholder organisations.

"The time has come for the public distribution system to shift the focus of distribution programs from basic calories to provide a more diverse food basket that includes millets to improve the nutritional status of preschool children and women of reproductive age,” he said.

Considering the nutritional value of millets, Tomar said the government had notified millet as a nutritious cereal in April 2018 and millet has also been included in the Poshan Mission campaign.

Notably, under the National Food Security Mission (NFMS), a nutritious cereal component for Millets is being implemented in 212 districts of 14 states. Apart from this, many types of assistance are given to the farmers by the states.

The minister said funding is also being done by the ministry of agriculture for supporting sustainable production, creating awareness for higher consumption, developing market and value chains and research-development activities.

Tomar said more than 66 startups have been given more than Rs 6.25 crore, while 25 startups have been approved for further funding. 

India has more than 500 startups working in the millet value-added chain, while the Indian Institute of Millets Research has incubated 250 startups under RKVY-Raftar.

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