APEDA & IIMR Plan for promotion of Millets and Millet products

Dec 3: Considering the potential of increasing exports of Millets and Millet products and the focus given by the Government for the development of the Millet sector of Nurti-Cereals, APEDA is formulating a strategy with the Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR) and other stakeholders like the National Institute Nutrition, CFTRI, and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) for perspective planning of five years for promotion of Millets and Millet products.  In this regard a meeting was organized by APEDA with IIMR on 2nd December 2020 under the Chairmanship of Chairman, APEDA.

APEDA is preparing a perspective Action Plan for increasing export of Millet and Millet Products for a period five years i.e. 2021-2026 to enable all concerned stakeholders for taking necessary action in a time bound manner for achieving the target.

Further, efforts would be made on identification of Millet clusters, creation of platform to consolidate farmers, FPOs, Exporters, Associations, other stakeholders and identification of new Potential International Markets for promotion of Indian Millets.

Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses that are often termed Nutri-cereals and includes Sorghum, Pearl Millet, Ragi, Small Millet, Foxtail Millet, Proso Millet, Barnyard Millet, Kodo Millet, and other millets. Millets are the cereal crops generally small-seeded and known for high nutritive value. Increasing interest in reviving the consumption of millets across various countries is favoring the growth prospects of this product in recent years within the country and for exports as well.