Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the National Conference on Bajra

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The Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the National Conference on Bajra in New Delhi.

  • The theme of the conference is 'The Future Super Food for India'.

  • The conference has been organised by industry body ASSOCHAM in association with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

  • The conference has been organised to discuss the opportunities and challenges of ensuring food and nutrition security.

  • The production of coarse cereals in the country has increased to 17.96 million tonnes in 2020-21 from 14.52 million tonnes in 2015-16 and the production of bajra (pearl millet) has also increased to 10.86 million tonnes in the same period.

  • Bajra is one of the oldest food items of the country which can be grown in dry areas or even on low fertility lands.

  • It is known as the superfood of India.


  • India is the 5th largest exporter of millet in the world.

  • The year 2023 will be the International Year of Millet which will promote value creation and sustainable products in food choices.

  • Major millet producing states in India include Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

  • Rajasthan is the largest producer of millet.

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