Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the National Conference on Bajra
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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION -
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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