Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will host a dinner this evening in Gandhinagar for cabinet ministers and government officials to commemorate the International Year of Millets (IYM) 2023. Millets will be used to make the dinner items.
The Government of India, led by the Prime Minister, sponsored the proposal for the International Year of Millets (IYM) 2023, which was approved by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The declaration has helped the Government of India take the lead in commemorating the International Year of Yoga. The PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi has also shared his vision to make IYM 2023 a ‘People’s Movement’ alongside positioning India as the ‘Global Hub for Millets’.
‘Millets’ were among the first crops domesticated in India, with evidence of their consumption dating back to the Indus Valley civilization. Millets are currently grown in over 130 countries and are considered a traditional food for over half a billion people in Asia and Africa. Millets are primarily a kharif crop in India, necessitating less water and agricultural inputs than other similar staples. Millets are significant because of their enormous potential to generate livelihoods, increase farmer income, and ensure global food and nutritional security.
Furthermore, Indian embassies in over 140 countries will take part in the celebration of IYM in 2023 by hosting side events involving the Indian Diaspora, such as exhibitions, seminars, talks, and panel discussions. In January, the Indian embassies in Azerbaijan and Belarus will hold activities such as B2B meetings with local chambers, food bloggers, importers of food items, and local restaurants, among others.
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