International Year of Millets 2023
‘Millet Mahotsav’ takes place in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel in Gandhinagar
The state government organizes various programs to create public awareness for the use of Millets in Gujarat:-
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s efforts to promote India’s traditional farm produce-Millets (Coarse Paddy) are reaping fruitful results:- When the United Nations decided to celebrate the year 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’ which will help to create public awareness and also to spread about the usefulness of millet in countries around the world including India: Chief Minister
Gandhinagar, Thursday: The United Nations has decided to celebrate the year 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’ following the success of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s advocacy to promote the cultivation of India’s traditional farm produce-millets (coarse rice) and its use in the diet.
Public awareness about the usefulness of millet in countries around the world including India will reap its rewards from this celebration.
Various programs are going to be organized by the state government throughout the year to increase the use of millets in Gujarat as well. According to this programme, ‘Millet Mahotsav’ was celebrated in Gandhinagar in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel.
The Chief Minister interacted with the families involved in farming from the districts of the state in this ‘Millet Mahotsav’. Farmers producing millets in the state participated in this millet festival at the Chief Minister’s residence. On this occasion, the Chief Minister saw the various products produced by farmers from millets. All those present at the festival enjoyed the taste of various dishes prepared fromMillet’s
On this occasion Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said that, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has succeeded in promoting our traditional agricultural products, millets, at the global level through the celebration of the International Year of Millets by UNO.
He added that now even the Western countries have become health conscious and are motivated to consume more and more such nutritious millets, organically grown grains. In this context, the Prime Minister’s resolution will be realized that the countries of the world should adopt our traditional rice such as millet, Jowar, Ragi, Maize through this celebration of the International Year of Millets by the United Nations.
In order to promote the traditional farm products-millets (thick grain crops) worldwide the Government of India proposed to celebrate the year 2023 as ‘Year of Millets’ in the United Nations under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
With more than 70 countries of the world supporting this proposal of the Prime Minister, the General Assembly of the United Nations has announced to celebrate 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’.
After the proposal to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, this is the second proposal to celebrate the International Millet Year-2023 which includes the Prime Minister’s motto of ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nirayama’, ‘World Health and Wellness’.
To celebrate the International Year of Millets, various programs are to be held to promote the cultivation and use of millets across India including Gujarat under the leadership of the Prime Minister.
Various programs have been organized throughout this year under the guidance of Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel to increase the use of millets in Gujarat.
Under this, ‘Megacity Millet Expo’ will be held in 8 cities of the state so that the use of millets in urban areas will be encouraged and farmers and consumers will get a common platform for producing millets.
24 workshops at the district level ,252 seminars at the taluka level and a state level seminar will be held at the Navsari Agricultural University to train the farmers for the cultivation of millets. 5150 quintals of certified seeds of Jowar, Bajra and Ragi will be distributed to the farmers. Apart from this, cropping system based training will be given to farmers at 210 locations at taluka and village level.
It is important to point out here that millets i.e. coarse grains have been cultivated in India for centuries. Indus Valley Civilization- Evidence of millet cultivation and its diet have been found in the Indus Valley.
Millets i.e. Millets, Jowar, Barley, Ragi, etc. are thick grains rich in many nutrients and are energizing, also helpful in digestion. Regular consumption of millets reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, colon cancer and other serious diseases.
In this millet mahotsav organized at the Chief Minister’s residence, the Ministers of the State Cabinet, Chief Secretary Shri Pankajkumar other senior secretaries, secretaries, officials of the state government and farmers from 33 districts were present. Chief Minister felicitated these farmers.
On this occasion folk artistes of Kutch presented mesmerizing music of forgotten instruments like Morchang, Ravanahatha, Kani, Jodia Pawa etc.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat