Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, stated that the government is taking the required efforts to achieve both nutrition and food security. The Minister stated that the United Nations proclaimed 2023 as the International Year of Millets on India’s request when he opened the two-day “Nutri-Cereal Multi-Stakeholders’ Mega Convention 3.0” at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) in Hydrabad on 17th September.
Inaugurating the two-day “Nutri-Cereal Multi-Stakeholders’ Mega Convention 3.0” in Hyderabad, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar explained that the Central Government has announced various packages under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund worth Rs.1.5 lakh crore to fill the gaps in the agriculture sector.
The Union Minister advised the current generation to realize the value of healthy food grains like millets and make them a part of their daily diet, recalling that millets have been utilized in abundance in our nation from ancient times.
Farmers in Telangana would profit tremendously from the establishment of a special mission for oil seed and oil palm production, as the terrain here is suited for these crops.
Mr Narendra Singh Tomar and other dignitaries had earlier paid a visit to the millets food kiosks set up by several start-ups and millet processing companies at the venue. The Minister distributed a number of papers produced by the ICAR-IIMR.
Among others, Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, Dr. Sekhar C. Mande, Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agriculture Research and Education & Director General, ICAR, Dr. T. R. Sharma, DDG, ICAR, & DG, CSIR were present.
Dr. B Dayakar Rao, CEO Nutrihub and Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIMR, gave the opening talk at the Nutri-cereal Start-up Mega Convention on the 18th. He spoke on the significance of the event and Nutrihub’s efforts to support the Startups, expressing his delight at the rising number of Startups and the necessity for them to work together in synergy to move the Millets ahead. Dr. Vilas A Tonapi gave an overview of the start-up conference and discussed the benefits of diversifying the food plate. He also mentioned the current improvements that have resulted from the integration of many stakeholders, such as a growth in Millet entrepreneurs.
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Union Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India are hosting the two-day convention. The goal of this event is to create a blueprint for a series of events to commemorate the United Nations’ declaration of 2023 as the “International Year of Millets.” The event was attended by delegates from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.