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Companies Embrace Millet Boom Through Government Incentive Scheme

Outlook Planet Desk

The government reports a millet surge as 22 MSMEs join in, attracted by the Production-Linked Incentive for millet-based products

Technology Helps Revive Lost Millet Varieties In Kerala  

Naina Gautam

Lenovo develops a tech-based prototype model for millet revival and establish market linkages benefiting farming communities in Kanthalloor 

ASEAN-India Millet Festival Launched In Delhi 

Outlook Planet Desk

Celebrating International Millets Year 2023, Union Minister Arjun Munda inaugurates a festival promoting millets, aligning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for sustainable agriculture and nutritional security

Darshan Mahajan's Play On Millets Earns Global Recognition

Outlook Planet Desk

The acclaimed play Pruthvi Che Shetkari by theatre director Darshan Mahajan takes centre stage, garnering praise from top officials and recognition from the UN Food and Agriculture Department

Letter From Outlook

Millet Mantra To Address Malnutrition And Climate Change

Rajiv Tikoo

At the behest of India, the United Nations declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets. Earlier, India declared 2018 as the National Year for Millets. Apart from the Government of India, various State Governments, too, have launched their respective millet missions. Companies like Britannia, Hindustan Unilever, ITC, Nestle and Tata Soulfull, as well as thousands of start-ups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), too, are focusing more on millets.
The reasons are compelling. One of the first crops to be domesticated in India, millets are touted as the next super food owing to their high nutritional content of proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fibre and amino acids. Besides, millets are climate resilient for their low carbon and water footprint and can grow on poor soils with little inputs and withstand high temperatures. Millets have the potential to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ...
According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), millets are small seeded annual grasses that are grown as grain crops, primarily on marginal land in dry areas of temperate, sub-tropical and tropical regions. Grown in more than 100 countries, millets are traditional foods of more than half a billion people. India accounts for more than 20 per cent of the global millet production today and it is set to increase in the future.
The Government’s and the private sector’s focus on millets to address the twin challenges of malnutrition and climate change sits well with the Outlook Group’s much acclaimed and multi-year initiative championing the cause of Poshan under the banner of recently relaunched Outlook Planet website. We are also committing ourselves to create an enabling ecosystem through our editorial initiative to accelerate India’s journey to eradicate malnutrition and catalyse climate action while supporting income generation of marginal farmers and entrepreneurs. Given the scale and severity of challenges, we invite all like-minded stakeholders to join hands.

– Rajiv Tikoo is Consulting Editor - Sustainability,
Outlook Group

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