RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel introduced that the state shall be developed as a millet hub and to enhance the manufacturing of millets, the federal government has signed MoUs with the Indian Institute of Millet Analysis in Hyderabad that can help within the technicalities.
The CM stated that below the ‘millet mission’, an initiative has been taken to present the farmers the appropriate value for small cereal crops, present enter help, procurement preparations, processing and be certain that the farmers get the advantage of the help from the specialists.
“Like minor forest produce, we wish to make small grain crops additionally the power of Chhattisgarh,” CM Baghel stated on Friday throughout a programme organized for signing MoU between IIMR and the collectors of 14 districts for millet mission.
Districts which have signed the MoUs embrace Kanker, Kondagaon, Bastar, Dantewada, Bijapur, Sukma, Narayanpur, Rajnandgaon, Kawardha, Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, Balrampur, Koriya, Surajpur and Jashpur. Kodo-Kutki and Ragi are presently produced in 20 districts of Chhattisgarh. Within the first section, MoUs have been signed with 14 of those districts.
Underneath the MoU, the IIMR will present help and steering for rising the productiveness of millets like Kodo, Kutki and Ragi, assist in technical know-how, availability of high-quality seeds and institution of seed financial institution in Chhattisgarh. In addition to, preparations shall be made for coaching the farmers of the state via Krishi Vigyan Kendra for spreading the scientific know-how developed on the nationwide stage associated to millet manufacturing by IIMR on the discipline stage.
In view of the rising demand for millets like Kodo-Kutki and Ragi within the nation and overseas, the millet mission won’t solely enhance the earnings of the farmers of forest ranges and tribal areas, however will even give a brand new identification to the state, CM stated, including that the processing and worth addition of millets will even present employment to farmers, girls’s teams and youth.
The CM stated that crops like Kodo, Kutki and Ragi are wealthy in vitamin and are bought at very cheap costs in city areas. However as a result of these millets haven’t discovered methods to the touch the city markets, this initiative is being taken.
“Until now, neither the help value of those crops was fastened, nor was there any association for its buy. The farmers who cultured these vital weight-reduction plan meals, stay poor. Mission-millet will now enhance the yield of those crops, guarantee good procurement preparations and take them to the town markets after processing. Together with fixing the help value of Kodo, Kutki and Ragi, the state authorities has additionally included these below the purview of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana,” Baghel stated.
After processing, these crops shall be utilized in schemes like noon meals, public distribution techniques and vitamin programmes which can add vitamin to the weight-reduction plan.
“The state has additionally determined to take a position Rs 170.30 crore for the subsequent 5 years of millet mission via DMF and different sources. Farmers rising Kodo-Kutki and Ragi crops can be given enter help of Rs 9,000 per acre and people selecting these crops as an alternative of paddy will get Rs 10,000 per acre,” CM Baghel introduced.
Within the subsequent section, MoUs shall be signed with extra districts, the place the manufacturing of millets may be completed in abundance.
IIMR director, Dr Vilas A Tonapi stated that within the current instances, there’s a want to extend meals range in our weight-reduction plan to deal with the issue of way of life ailments and malnutrition. The millet mission will show to be a milestone on this course.
“The yr 2023 shall be celebrated because the worldwide yr of millet and millet mission of Chhattisgarh shall be making a mark as a millet hub within the nation by that point,” he stated.

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