Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas
"Reviving Millets in Farms and on Plates"



The nutritious millets traditionally occupied substantial part of the diets and crop systems in tribal areas of Odisha. Millets require less water and are more resilient to climate vulnerability. They can also be cultivated on the undulating and change and be cultivated even in undulating terrain. Reduction in millets resulted in nutrition deficiency. It led to unsustainable cropping systems increasing demand on water. In order to address growing crop failures and nutritional issues, millets need to be revived. To revive the millets, a flagship programme called "Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas" has been launched by Department of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Odisha. Programme intends to revive millets in rainfed farming systems and household consumption.



[ Application Late Date - SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 ]

Special Programme for promotion of millets in tribal areas was launched in 2017 in 7 districts covering 30 blocks in Phase 1. It was extended to additional 25 blocks in Phase 2 in 2018. Guidelines and budgets available may be found here under the tab “Guidelines” for reference. In the THIRD PHASE programme is extended to another 10 blocks in Bargarh (5 blocks) and Nabarangpur (5 blocks) districts. Invitations are sought through sealed from eligible NGOs for the role of facilitating agencies for the 10 blocks.


Nutritious can potentially contribute to nutritional security


More resilient to climate vulnerabilities and droughts


Can be cultivated under rainfed situations across the state i.e. "without additional demand on irrigation"


Buoyant prices following increasing consumer demand


Potential for tribal and rainfed areas becoming Millet-Hubs and lead the grain economy

More about these millets.

Interview with Samara Khilo on his farm adopting LT Method
Filmed by Prakash Mallick, DPC, Millet Mission, Malkangir @ at K. Atalguda Village of Khairput Block in Malkangiri Districti

In 2017-18, the State Government launched a special programme for promotion of millets in tribal areas to improve nutritional security.
The Indian Express (Bhubaneswar) | July 25, 2018

Odisha's millet mission to cover more districts
IANS (Bhubaneswar) | August 1, 2018

The Odisha government has brought 62 blocks of 12 districts under the millet mission to enhance farmers' income in the state.

62 blocks of 12 districts included in Millet Mission (Odisha)
The Daily Pioneer | August 2, 2018

In an effort to enhance farmers’ income, 62 blocks of 12 districts have been brought under the Millet Mission. The activities of the mission were reviewed by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi over videoconferencing with the concerned collectors recently.

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Millets can be cooked as we make rice and serve with dal, sambar, rasam or any curry of our choice. We can also make various dosa, idli, upma, pongal, pulao, sweets from millets.

We can also be use in baking. Some millet recipes under this project so we can include millets in our diet in more exciting way. 

@ 2017 - Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas, Department of Agriculture and Food Production (Government of Odisha) and NCDS & WASSAN