Bhubaneswar: Odisha has been selected as ‘Best Millet Promoting State’ under ‘Poshak Anaj Awards’ by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
The award will be presented by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, on September 17 at a National Convention in Hyderabad.
The Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment congratulated the tribal farmers, Women self-help groups of Mission Shakti, FPOs, Line Departments, NCDS, NGO partners and WASSAN for their contribution in achieving this milestone for Odisha.
It may be noted that the UN-IFAD and UN-FAO have supported the framework of Odisha Millets Mission as suitable for taking up agro-ecological initiatives.
Odisha has achieved major milestones in promoting the highly nutritious millets. Millet forms a substantial part of the diets and the cropping system in the tribal areas of the State.
The Government of India has asked all states to adopt Odisha Millets Mission model for promotion of millets, pulses and oilseeds.
The Central Government has set up a task force to understand the framework of the Odisha Millets Mission and to revise the National sub mission on millets based on the learnings of the Odisha Millet Mission.
Besides, the Cambridge University partnered with Odisha Millets Mission to explore possibility of design of OMM as alternative to Green Revolution framework.
“The recognition of Odisha as the Best Millet Promoting State under ‘Poshak Anaj Awards’ will go a long way in encouraging the stakeholders of Odisha Millet Mission to boost millet farming in the State,” a senior official said.