Monday, November 28, 2022

Review meeting on preparationfor ‘International Year of Millet’


A review meeting on preparedness for International Year of Millet-2023 was held at the Directorate of Agriculture conference hall Kohima on November 18. It may be noted that United Nations has designated 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’.
Speaking at the meeting, joint director of Agriculture N.Jacob Yanthan informed that the objective of International Year of Millet – 2023 was to elevate awareness on the contribution of millets to food security and nutrition and also to motivate farmers on improving sustainable production and quality of millets.
He also shared on the significance of Millets, which were known to be less expensive and nutritionally superior to wheat and rice owing to their high protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
He highlighted different types of Millets which is commonly cultivated in the state such as finger milet, foxtail milet, jowar and bajra. Yanthan further added that millet was also climate smart crops and resilient to climate change that could grow on poor soils with little or no external inputs and were capable of growing under drought conditions even in very low rainfall regimes.
Additional director of Agriculture, C.Peter Yanthan also encouraged the officers and staff to reorient and to be the role model when they go back in their respective districts. At the review meeting, power point presentation on millet cultivation was highlighted from all the districts in the state.
The meeting was chaired by C.Peter Yanthan and closing remarks by additional director of agriculture B.N Phom.

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