Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas (2nd Phase)
the highly nutritious millets formed a substantial part of the diets
and the cropping system in the tribal areas of Odisha. Millets require
less water and are more resilient to climate vulnerability. They are
also cultivable in undulating terrain. Paddy gaining prominence in the
Public Distribution System (PDS) has resulted in reduced consumption
of millets, resulting in extreme cases of nutritional deficiency. It
has also led to unsustainable cropping systems increasing the demand
for water. Millets are the answer to address both increased crop
failures and nutritional deficiency and need to be revived.
states to learn from Odisha Millet Mission (OMM) Model
National Mission on Nutri Cereals was launched during the National
Workshop on Nutri Cereals at Pune on 28th September 2018. It was
launched by Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Agriculture Minister, GoI.
can be cooked similar to rice and used as a substitute to
rice, with dal, sambar, rasam or any curry of our choice. They
can also be used to make dosa, idli, upma, pongal, pulao,
sweets, infact any recipe where rice is used. They can also be
used in baking. Some millet recipes that you can try out are
listed for you. [Read
Highly nutritious and can 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