National Year of Millets- 2018

Year 2018 is declared as the National Year of millets, to raise awareness regarding Benefits/Production of millets, 

Basic information about Millets :

  • Millets are coarse grain (Jowar, Ragi , Bajra, Kora, Sama, Sanwa , Arke etc.).  These are also known as food of the poor. 
  • Millets can be grown on variety of soils – arid, semi-arid, loamy soils etc. suitable for cultivation in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka etc.
  • India is the largest producer of millets in the world. 
  • It has very less input cost and thus can support livelihood of poor farmers.
  • It consumes less water and has shorter growing period.
  • These are less prone to pest attack and disease.
  • They are suitable for mixed farming because of its usage as both food and fodder.
  • These are rich in vitamins and minerals like- iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium. Thus, they can be useful in reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition, thereby, fulfilling SDG goals.
  • These are also beneficial for diabetic patients.
  • These crops are having good carbon sequestration qualities. So, they can be helpful in mitigating global warming. 

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