Agriculture Minister launches ‘Millets Experience Centre’ at Dilli Haat

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Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the first of its kind ‘Millets Experience Centre (MEC)’ at Dilli Haat in New Delhi on 28th April.

An overview of the news

  • India has an important role to play in the celebration of the International Year of Millets 2023.

  • India is poised to become a 'Global Hub' for Millets and setting up of MEC is a major step in that direction.

  • The United Nations General Assembly has declared the year 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023).

About Millets Experience Centre

  • The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) in association with the Ministry of Agriculture has set up the Millets Experience Centre.

  • It aimsto increase awareness about millet and encourage its adoption among the general public.

  • Setting up a consumer-oriented 'Millets Experience Centre' will not only promote the dietary benefits of millets but also popularize Shree Anna (Millets) as a nutritional powerhouse.

  • In addition to the unique dining experience, customers can also purchase a variety of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook products from local millet start-ups at MEC.

International Year of Millet (IYOM)-2023

  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted India's resolution and declared 2023 as the International Year of millets in March 2021.

  • India's proposal received the support of 72 countries.

  • In 2021, NITI Aayog signed a letter of intent with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

  • The partnership focuses on mainstreaming millets and helping India take a global lead in promoting its health benefits.

  • The objective of this partnership is to build resilient livelihoods for smallholder farmers and to build adaptability to climate change and changing food systems.

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