A pre-launch celebration of International Year of Millets will be held tomorrow in New Delhi. External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will attend the event. Heads of Missions will also take part in the pre-launch celebration.
Recently in G20 summit in Bali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the benefits of millets saying that millets can solve the global malnutrition and hunger problem. He has also highlighted that India is promoting natural farming and re-popularising nutritious and traditional foodgrains like millets for sustainable food security. He had urged all to celebrate the International Year of Millets with great enthusiasm next year.
The year 2023 will be celebrated as International Year of Millets. The primary aim of this initiative is to increase the awareness of millets’ health benefits among the public.
According to the United Nations’ estimates, the global population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050. In such a situation, there is a need for more production of food grains, especially millets, to meet the food needs of the rapidly growing global population. Estimates show that more than 90 million people in Africa and Asia depend on millets for their diets.
Millets are being increasingly recognised as climate-smart crops with enormous nutritional and health benefits. Millets are a rich source of protein, fibre, minerals, iron and calcium. India is a major producer of Millets, accounting for 80 per cent of Asia’s production and 20 percent of global production.