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Millets symbolise India’s responsibilities towards global good: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: In what could be an addition as one of the key elements of India’s ‘soft power’ such as yoga, ayurveda and Mission LiFE (lifestyle for environment), PM Narendra Modi on Saturday called millets a symbol of the country’s responsibilities towards “global good”, saying how its production and consumption can help face the twin challenges — food security of global South (developing countries) and unsustainable food habit problem of global North (developed nations).
“Millets (Shree Anna) have been part of India’s lifestyle for centuries…We want to share our experience linked to millets and its farming with the world. We also want to learn from the world with whatever new expertise is available with the other countries. I would therefore like to request the agriculture ministers of other countries to jointly develop a stable mechanism in this direction. Let this mechanism in future develop a new supply chain from farms to markets, and from one country to other country. This should be our shared responsibility,” said the Prime Minister while addressing a Global Millets Conference here at IARI campus, Pusa.
“Such Conferences are not just a necessity for the global good, but also symbolise India’s growing responsibility towards the global good,” said Modi while citing examples of Yoga, Mission LiFE (lifestyle for environment), International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Ayurveda (India’s traditional medicine) which made marks globally as many countries have adopted it for sustainable and healthy life.
Underlining India’s G20 presidency whose motto is “One Earth, One Family, One Future”, the Prime Minister said the International Year of Millet 2023 reflects sentiments of “one family” and India has always felt its responsibility towards humanity across the globe.

“We (India) draws inspiration from its heritage, drives change in society, and brings it to the fore for global well-being. This is exactly what is being reflected in ‘millets movement’ today,” said PM Modi
Referring to the food security challenges faced in the world, the Prime Minister noted how it affected both the global South and global North in its own way. “On one hand we have the problem of food security (in global South), and on the other hand the problem of food habits (global North),” Modi said as he pointed out the concerns about heavy use of chemicals in the produce and its linkages with the health problem.
He noted that millets could provide solutions to every such problem as it is easy to grow with less cost, and it gets ready for cultivation faster than other crops. Listing other benefits, PM Modi said that it is rich in nutrition, special in taste, high in fibre content, very beneficial for the body and health, and helps in preventing lifestyle-related diseases. “Millets bring with them endless possibilities,” he said.
Mohamed Irfaan Ali, president of Guyana, in his video message to the Conference said that India has assumed global leadership in promoting the cause of millets and in doing so it is placing its expertise for the use of the rest of the world.
Informing the gathering that his country is embarking on a collaboration with India for scalable production of millet by earmarking 200 acres of land for exclusive millet production, he said India would provide technical guidance and support with technology.
Millets: Climate-resilient ‘nutri-cereals’

  • Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses that are often termed nutri-cereals or dryland-cereals
  • Major millet crops: Bajra (Pearl Millet), Jowar (Sorghum) and Ragi/Mandua (Finger Millet)
  • Small millet crops: Kutki (Little Millet), Kodo (Kodo Millet), Kangani/Kakun (Foxtail Millet), Sawa/Jhangora (Barnyard Millet) and Cheena (Proso Millet)
  • Millets consume less water during cultivation
  • Millets crops can withstand high temperatures, grow on poor soils with little or no external inputs and are thus termed as the ‘miracle grains’ or ‘crops of the future’
  • In times of climate change, they are the most secure crops to small farmers as they are the hardiest, most resilient and climate adaptable crops in harsh, hot (up to 50 degrees Celsius) and drought environments

Health benefits

  • Millet grains are rich sources of nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, dietary fibre, and good-quality fat
  • Millets have substantially higher amounts of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc and B complex vitamins
  • Millets can also help tackle health challenges such as obesity, diabetes and lifestyle problems as they are gluten-free, have a low glycemic index and are high in dietary fibre and antioxidants

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