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Millets Can Help Fight Nutrition Insecurity And Climate Crisis

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of making millets a future food option by pointing out that millets are one of the earliest crops grown by humans and have historically been a significant source of nutrition. Describing millets as a source of balanced nutrition, which are produced through natural farming practices that require less water, he remarked, "Millets are good for the consumer, the cultivator and climate." Addressing the first international buyer-seller meet on millets being held on the side-lines of the conclave, the minister urged producers and sellers to look at fresher markets for Indian millets to boost exports. The minister cited the prime minister when he stated that "Millets or coarse grains have been a part of India's agriculture, culture and civilisation since ancient times" and that millets are capable of preventing both climatic disorders and ailments associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Pearl Millet, Finger Millet, Minor Millets, Proso Millet, Kodo Millet, and Barnyard Millet are among the 16 main kinds of millet that are produced and exported. The government has also launched an e-catalogue on 30 potential millet importing nations and 21 millet-producing Indian states at the first-ever millets conclave. As part of the promotion of Indian millets, APEDA has planned to showcase millets and its value-added product at various global platforms such as Gulfood 2023, Foodex, Seoul Food & Hotel Show, Saudi Agro Food, Fine Food Show in Sydney, Belgium's Food & Beverages Show, Germany's BioFach and Anuga Food Fair, San Francisco's Winter Fancy Food Show, etc

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