04 April 2023, New Delhi: The International Year of Millets 2023 (IYM2023) promises a great opportunity for agricultural producers, governments, and other stakeholders to come together in order to shape the global millets outlook and increase production around the world. Millets, including Pearl Millet, Foxtail Millet, Browntop Millet, Kodo Millet and Little Millet, are staple food grains across many regions and countries, providing food nutrition and income to millions of people, especially in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Indian government has already taken a number of steps to promote millets production, such as providing farmers with subsidies, free inputs, and enhanced price procurement. To take advantage of these government schemes and IYM2023, farmers must adopt proper cultivation technology and adopt smart farming techniques to get maximum yield from their farms. They should also take advantage of the government’s initiatives to promote investments in millets processing units and integrated farming systems.
In addition to this, farmers must also focus on post-harvest management and value addition activities, such as millet-based food products, to add value to their crop. This will help them get remunerative prices and increase the demand for their millets. Furthermore, farmers must also create linkages with markets and ensure that their products reach big purchasers and customers.
Through proper planning, implementation and concerted efforts, IYM2023 promises immense opportunities for farmers, governments and other stakeholders worldwide.If exploited optimally, IYM2023 will be a game changer in millets production and consumption which will bring prosperity and food security to millions across the globe.
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