PM Modi to inaugurate Global Millets Conference in New Delhi
CNS Desk,18-Mar; Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference in New Delhi tomorrow. The Prime Minister will also address the gathering on the occasion. He will unveil a customised postal stamp and currency coin on the International Year of Millets (IYM) – 2023. A video on Millets will also be released during the event with the announcement of ICAR-IIMR as the Global Centre of Excellence.
The Conference will be attended by Agriculture Ministers of six countries, international scientists, nutritionists, health experts, start-up leaders and other stakeholders. It will witness participation from over 100 countries and several stakeholders will attend the event virtually from across the globe.
The two-day Conference will have sessions on a wide range of issues related to millets including promotion and awareness of millets among producers, consumers and other stakeholders; millets’ value chain development; health and nutritional aspects of millets, market linkages research and development etc. An Exhibition-cum- Buyer-Seller Meet with a focus on Millets will also be held with the participation of more than 50 domestic and international buyers, importers, exporters and processors for the promotion of millets. The exhibition of more than 100 stalls will showcase millets and millet-based ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat products, by millet-based Startups, and exporters, and live cooking sessions by various international and national chefs.
Based on India’s proposal, the year 2023 was declared the International Year of Millets by the United Nations General Assembly. Also, in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to make the celebrations of International Year of Millets 2023 a people’s movement and position India as the global hub for millets, all Central Government Ministries and Departments, States and UTs, farmers, start-ups, exporters, retail businesses and other stakeholders, are being engaged to promote and spread awareness about the benefits of millets for the cultivator, consumer and climate. The year 2023 will witness a year-long campaign and several activities nationally and globally for increased adoption and promotion of millets.(CNS)