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PM Modi inaugurates 2-day 'Global millets Shree Anna conference' in Delhi

Global millets Shree Anna conference: The year 2023 will witness a year-long campaign and several activities nationally and globally for increased adoption and promotion of millets.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma New Delhi Updated on: March 18, 2023 13:32 IST
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Image Source : PTI. PM Modi inaugurates 2-day 'Global millets Shree Anna conference' in Delhi.

Global millets Shree Anna conference 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two-day global conference on millets in the national capital today (March 18). He also unveiled a customised postal stamp as well as a commemorative currency coin to mark the 'International Year of Millets' being celebrated in 2023. 

A video on millets, which the government named 'Shree Anna', was also released during the event, with the announcement of Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) as the global centre of excellence.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his counterparts from six countries were present at the event. Video messages from the Heads of State of Ethiopia and Guyana were also played during the inaugural ceremony. 

A roundtable session of agriculture ministers as well as bilateral meetings will be convened later. The global conference is expected to witness participation from over 100 countries, and several stakeholders will attend the event virtually from across the globe.

International Year of Millets:

It was on March 5, 2021, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYM), accepting India's proposal. Through this declaration, the UNGA aims to elevate awareness of nutri-cereals (millets) for food security and nutrition, enhance investment in R&D and extension, and inspire stakeholders towards improving production, productivity and quality of millets.

India aims to make IYM 2023 a people's movement for the overall benefit of the cultivator, consumer and climate. To take the momentum forward, India has taken a multi-stakeholder engagement approach by involving farmers, startups, exporters, retail businesses, hotel associations and various arms of the government in India and abroad to achieve the objectives of IYM 2023 and positioning India as the 'Global Hub of Millets'.

The year 2023 will witness a year-long campaign and several activities nationally and globally for increased adoption and promotion of millets.

Events to be held

The two-day conference will witness participation from dignitaries such as Dr Jaquelene Hughes, Director General, ICRISAT; Jong-Jin Kim, Assistant Director General & Regional Representative for Asia and Pacific, FAO; Kapil Dev, Cricketer; Geeta Phogat, Wrestler, Commonwealth Gold Medallist; Chef Thomas Gugler, President, World Association of Chefs, etc., alongside an esteemed audience of Padma Awardee farmers.

An Exhibition-cum- Buyer-Seller Meet (BSM) with a focus on millets will also be held with the participation of more than 50 domestic and international buyers, importers, exporters and processors for the promotion of millets. The exhibition of more than 100 stalls will showcase millets and millet-based ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat products by millet-based startups, exporters and live cooking sessions by various international and national chefs.

The two-day conference will also witness wider participation from Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)/ Farmers Self-Help Groups, schools, Agri-Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Gram Panchayats, Common Service Centres (CSC), Cooperative Institutions, Hotel Management Schools, Indian Embassies and Diaspora, etc.

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