Aug 17, 2018
High on the list of foodgrains, India now want to introduce and promote millets at international level, and has urged United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to declare the upcoming year as International Year of Millets
A letter to FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva by Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh penned, “To garner wider global attention and action, India has mooted a proposal to FAO for the declaration of the upcoming as International Year of Millets. Millets are not only nutritious but also resilient to climate change”.
“Adoption of this proposal by FAO with the support of its member nations will enable it to be moved to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for declaration of the upcoming year as International Year of Millets,” the minister stated in his letter, and requested that this proposal be included in the 26th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) meeting that has been scheduled to take place in Rome in October 1-5 2018.
“It is highly desirable that global efforts are stepped up to bring these nutri-cereals back to the food basket of a wide range of consumers — rural and urban, as well as rich and poor — for boosting their production,” said the minister in his proposal, while adding that the subject received the substantial support of member countries when placed in the Bureau meeting of the Committee on Agriculture last month.
“India is celebrating 2018 as the ‘National Year of Millets’ and is promoting cultivation by amending cropping pattern of areas which are especially susceptible to climate change,” he added in his proposal.