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G20 India: Indian Institute of Millets Research declared as the Global Centre of Excellence on Millets

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18 June 2023, Hyderabad: The G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting (AMM) was held in Hyderabad from 15th-17th June. During the event, PM Modi declared the Indian Institute of Millets Research (ICAR-IIMR) as the ‘Global Centre of Excellence on Millets at the Global Millets Conference and reiterated the role of the premier institute in the promotion and adoption of millets.

A technical excursion to ICAR-IIMR was also arranged during the three-day conference. The excursion and exhibition witnessed an enormous participation of more than 300 people including Agricultural Ministers, various delegates from G20 countries, international organizations, and several other dignitaries from India.

The Agriculture Ministers also visited the various Millet processing units established at the IIMR campus which included the Primary Processing Unit, the Bakery Unit, and the Packaging Unit, followed by the Flaking Unit, Cold Extrusion Lines, Continuous biscuits line, etc. These processing machineries are equipped to make various Millet value-added products such as Millet muffins, cookies, and noodles.

The Ministers and other delegates also visited Nutrihub. Nutrihub is the Government of India-supported Technology Business Incubator hosted by the Indian Institute of Millet Research, ICAR – IIMR, Hyderabad. The Incubation Program at Nutrihub-IIMR is designed to help Millet start-ups grow in a streamlined fashion by providing them with the required technology and support.

One of the major highlights of the excursion was the Exhibition on Millets. The exhibition, featured 30 unique stalls, by selected FPOs, Millet exporters, and Millet-based start-ups from across the country.

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