ON HON PM's BIRTHDAY: 17th SEPTEMBER 2022 TRINITY GROUP &
FOR IMPEX & HEALTH LAUNCH - INDIA MILLETS WORLD EXPO | SUMMIT | AWARDS
IN 3 LOCATIONS - MUMBAI, PUNE & GOA
2023 - INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF MILLETS (IYoM)
It’s come-back time to rediscover the magic of millets – an ancient superfood – but much forgotten. Millets are mentioned in some of India’s oldest Yajurveda texts, indicating millet consumption was common since 4,500 BC, pre-dating to the Indian bronze age. Around 3,500 – 2,000 BC, there is evidence of millet cultivation in the Korean Peninsula dating to the Middle Jeulmun pottery period. Yajurveda mentions foxtail-millet/priyangava, Barnyard-millet/aanava and black-finger millet/shyaamaka dating to prehistoric ages.
India’s proposal supported by 72 countries has been accepted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which has declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets – a great achievement, but also a national responsibility. The Government right from the Hon. PM Narendra Modi ji downward has thrown is its might to popularize millets domestically and internationally. In the 2022-23 union budget the Finance Minister speaks of the increase in allocation and measures being taken.
On 19th July 2022, NITI Aayog and World Food Program have taken initiative for millets mainstreaming in Asia and Africa. A compendium of good practices will be prepared for scaling up the production and consumption of millets. The commonly grown varieties include Jowar/sorghum, Bajra/pearl millet, ragi/finger millet, Jhangora/barnyard millet, Barri/Proso or common millet, Kangni/foxtail or Italian millet, Kodra/Kodo millet etc.
In the wake of globalisation, eating habits of Indians like the world have changed greatly, bringing to the forefront processed foods or grains like rice and wheat. However, the UN FAO’s (Food and Agricultural Organization) latest report titled ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022: Repurposing Food and Agriculture Policies to Make Healthy Diets More Affordable’ says about 71% of the Indian population cannot afford a nutritious diet. Hence, a number of Government of India initiatives are in place to aid & increase millet cultivation. Some of these look at enhancing millets’ share in food grain production like – National Food Security Mission and Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millet Promotion.
Ministers In-charge of IYoM
The Trinity Group’s Contribution to Making IYoM – A Success
INDIA MILLETS World Expo, Summit & Awards
SOME OF THE OBJECTIVES
This agri-business industry event brings under one roof all stakeholders with an aim to:
- Highlight new opportunities for millet farming & processing
- Contribute towards food & nutritional security through millets
- Showcase central & state government incentives/schemes for millets
- Assist buyers, sellers, producers, consumers & policy-makers interaction
- Display & sell processed millet food products creating awareness on benefits
- Catalyze a viable millet ecosystem, value chain, B2B network and promote exports
- Educate the general public on the health, nutritional & economic advantages of millets
Supporting international events such as INDIA MILLETS World Expo, Summit & Awards is crucial for making the INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF MILLETS (IYoM) 2023 – a grand success. This is because it strives to:
- Involve all stakeholders – government, practitioners & general public.
- Deliberate on the opportunities and challenges to making IYoM 2023 a success
- Focus on exports, awareness, market development, technology usage of & for millets
According to UN, The International Year of Millets (IYoM) stands to provide a unique opportunity to increase global production, ensure efficient processing and consumption, promote a better utilization of crop rotations, and encourage better connectivity throughout food systems to promote millets as a key component of the food basket. The IYoM will (i) elevate awareness of the contribution of millets for food security and nutrition (ii) inspire stakeholders on improving sustainable production and quality of millets; and (iii) draw focus for enhanced investment in research and development and extension services to achieve the above two aims.