Agriculture minister proposes to FAO to declare the year 2019 as International Year of Millets

Agriculture minister proposes to FAO to declare the year 2019 as International Year of Millets

Officials said that the matters has received support of the member countries when placed in the bureau meeting of the Committee on Agriculture held on July 5.

Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has proposed to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to declare the year 2019 as international year of millets, said officials in the Agriculture ministry. This will promote cultivation by amending cropping patterns of areas which are especially susceptible to climate change, they said.

The minister has requested the inclusion of this proposal in the agenda of the 26th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) meeting, scheduled during October 1-5, 2018 in Rome, they said.

In a letter addressed to Jose Graziano da Silva, director general, FAO, the minister said, “Along with the high nutrients and usefulness in various lifestyle diseases including obesity, diabetes etc, millets have an important role in enhancing resilience and risk management in the face of climate change, especially for small farmers and family farmers.