12 Apr 2023

Madhya Pradesh: State Millet Mission Scheme To Be Implemented; One Dish Of Millets Will Be Served In Govt Programmes


BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to implement State Millet Mission Scheme in all the districts through the Director, Farmers' Welfare and Agriculture Development. The duration of the scheme will be of 2 years (2023-24 and 2024-25). In these two years, Rs. 23 crore 25 lakh will be spent under the scheme. 

Subsidy to farmers on millet seeds

Improved certified seeds of millets will be provided to the farmers on 80 percent subsidy from cooperative/government institutions.  

To promote the production, processing and marketing of millet crops, there will be training programmes for farmers and study tours outside the state. Fairs, workshops, seminars, food festivals, road-shows will be organised at district and state level to promote millet.

It is noteworthy that millet grain crops were once at the centre of the food culture of the state. At present, keeping in view the nutritional importance of these crops, it is necessary to promote them. These crops are often cultivated in less fertile areas. 

Millets to be used in hostels and mid-day meals

There are ample possibilities of expansion of area under cultivation of millet crops, increasing productivity and production of Kodo-Kutki, Jowar and Ragi in Madhya Pradesh. 

Along with this, in view of the growing market of millet crops, the possibility of value addition is also very high. In government programmes where food is arranged, one dish of millets will be served. Arrangements will be made to use millets in the hostels and mid-day meals once a week.

Approval to inclusion of transgender in list of backward classes

The Cabinet approved the inclusion of transgenders on serial number 94 after serial number 93 in the list of Madhya Pradesh backward classes.

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