‘Historic’ India Millet Mission campaign to begin in September

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Road-map for National Year of Millets 2018, presented

The largest producer of millets in the world, India, will launch an intensive campaign to promote these ‘nutri-cereals’ all across the country, on the 28th of September. This was announced by Dr Ashok Dalwai, IAS, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority at the Indian Institute of Millets Research here at the meeting to prepare roadmap for the national millet mission. The Union Agriculture Minister will formally flag off this campaign for the National Year of Millets, in Pune which will be followed by a number of activities over the next few months.

Calling it a ‘historic’ day, Dr Dalwai said “We need to place some things on a pedestal to gain support. The mission will include focus on resource-poor farmers and the nutrition status of the country. However, we should ensure that the national campaign retains the advantages of millets as climate smart and environment friendly crops. Our decisions can lead to a new Green Revolution” he said.

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