On the proposal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations has declared 2023 the International Year of Millet (IYOM).
New Delhi: On the proposal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations has declared 2023 the International Year of Millet (IYOM). Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that “2023 will present an opportunity to enhance global production, efficient processing, and better crop rotation and promote millets as a key ingredient in the food basket.”
Earlier today, at a BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of the 2023 International Millet Year and suggested ways to promote nutrition campaigns through millet.
According to Narendra Singh Tomar, 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. He said that millet was recognised as a healthy cereal by the Indian government in April 2018 and that it was also a part of the Poshan Mission programme.
Recently, S Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, was observed attempting to emphasise the growing significance of millets against the backdrop of the COVID-19 epidemic, climate change, and conflicts.
Jaishankar stressed the significance of millets for both international relations and food security. The main regions for millet crop production and consumption are Asia and Africa. The main millet-producing countries are Nigeria, Sudan, Niger, and India.
Members of Parliament will now enjoy a special meal of rotis made from ragi and jowar, bajra, jowar khichdi, and bajra khichdi and and Bajra Kheer.