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Heartfulness Institute to set up a Millet Experience Centre to promote the International Year of Millets

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The centre aims to bring more and better awareness on the health benefits and goodness of millets as superfoods

28 September 2022, Hyderabad: In the wake of the International Year of Millets to be observed in 2023, Heartfulness is launching an Experience Centre for Millets. The centre aims to bring more and better awareness on the health benefits and goodness of millets as superfoods.

The year 2018 was declared India’s Year of Millets. As more and more people came to understand the benefits of millets, the Indian Government won a mandate at the United Nations with 70 countries signing up to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millets. India has played a pivotal role in this direction. Motivated by this, Heartfulness chose to establish the Experience Centre for Millets in association with Samunnati Foundation and Indian Institute of Millets Research (a wing of Indian Council for Agricultural Research) and Nutrihub from Indian Institute of Management to create an ecosystem for Farmer Producer Organisation across production to yield phase. 

As a Public Private Partnership initiative, Samunnati Foundation and Nutrihub have signed an MoU to pave the way for FPOs and together with Heartfulness will promote awareness and experience while there will be involvement of startups as well in the machinery and processing aspects of the centre. The idea will be to enable everyone to get a 360 degree view of millets at the centre. 

Many such experience centres are likely to be established at other Heartfulness centres across the world, where all the millets will be organically produced using Hearticulture resources, beginning with the one launching today at Kanha Shanti Vanam – the Heartfulness Headquarters. Not only will the institute grow all the major and minor millets, but also will have various units for processing, cooking and consumption units wherein people will have the opportunity to understand the production to yield cycle of millets and be able cook a variety of recipes. There will also be facility for ready-to-cook or ready-to-eat millet recipes at the centre. This apart, millets-soup dispensers or vending machines will be the highlight for visitors. 

Secretary of Agriculture Ministry, Mr. Manoj Ahuja said on the launch, “While rice and wheat have been the staples of this country, people have begun to understand the health and nutrition  benefits of millets . There needs to be more awareness in eating healthy, eating right, and the beauty of consuming millets. The  Experience Centre for Millets, is  aligned with the goals of the International Year of Millets next year. As more and more people come to experience the variety of recipes, they get to experience the health benefits as well.”

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