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ASEAN-India Millet Festival Launched In Delhi 

By Outlook Planet Desk December 15, 2023

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

ASEAN-India Millet Festival Launched In Delhi 
The festival underscores India's diplomatic ties, joining hands with ASEAN nations fostering millet adoption and production. DepositPhotos
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Union Minister Arjun Munda inaugurated the ASEAN-India Millet Festival in New Delhi, marking a significant milestone under the International Year of Millets 2023. He was joined by ministers of state Kailash Choudhary and Shobha Karandlaje, along with secretary Manoj Ahuja. The festival aims to boost awareness and market presence for millets and their products.

Munda highlighted India's efforts under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, transforming the International Millets Year 2023 into a global milestone. He stressed millet's socio-economic, nutritional, and climate benefits, aligning with Sustainable Development Goals. Millets, known for minimal water needs and a low carbon footprint, play a crucial role in climate-friendly agriculture.

Munda emphasised millets' cultural significance and sustainable solutions, underscoring their potential to address key global challenges. He expressed how adopting millets isn't just about personal nutrition but contributes to sustainable agriculture, promoting healthier and securing futures.

The government's commitment to millet promotion was reiterated by Munda, citing campaigns and projects fostering sustainable farming practices. Designing millets as "One Country-One Priority Product" and elevating them to "One District-One Product" showcases India's dedication. Munda also highlighted Prime Minister Modi's announcement to turn the Indian Millets Research Institute into a Global Centre of Excellence, demonstrating a commitment to global research cooperation.

The festival's inaugural day featured enlightening panel discussions on millets' nutritional merits, culinary potential, historical ties, and cultural significance. The event will conclude on December 15, featuring a business-to-business meeting and an exhibition of millet-based products. The festival aims to facilitate international collaboration, offering start-ups and farmer-led organisations a platform to explore global opportunities. 

The festival underscores India's diplomatic ties, joining hands with ASEAN nations fostering millet adoption and production. The event encapsulates the transformative potential of millets in sustainable agriculture, aligning with global goals and securing a healthier future. 

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