03 April 2023, New Delhi: The International Year of Millets 2023 is an initiative to recognize the importance of millets for global food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. Farmers in India have a unique opportunity to support this celebration through the production of millets and help to increase the dietary diversity of local communities, while also receiving good prices.
To support the celebration, farmers should focus on growing millets in place of other crops. These millets include sorghum, bajra, foxtail millet, and pearl millet, among others. To effectively grow millets, farmers should focus on good crop rotation, as it is important to keep the soil healthy and productive. As millets tend to require less water than other crops, they are well-suited to drier climates and can help to prevent water stress.
Providing farmers with the right equipment and resources is also key to successful millet production. Tools such as multi-crop threshers, seed drills, and mechanized planters can help reduce the manual labor and time involved in millet production. Additionally, farmers can access support in the form of extension services and subsidies to help with crop production, pest, and disease control, and other important aspects of farming.
Finally, it is important to note that millets are in high demand, so they can offer farmers a good price in the market. This is due to the increasing popularity of healthy diets and their ability to provide dietary diversity. Farmers can thus benefit economically from the production of millets, and the International Year of Millets 2023 presents an ideal opportunity to do so.
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