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.


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


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. 

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Chief Economic Advisor appreciates Millet Mission Odisha as Innovative Public Poilcy Initiative to combat Climate Change
Millets Mission Update | February 19, 2018

He said that many times policy suggestions may not become concrete schemes very soon. He congratulated NCDS on the role it played in transforming public policy discourse on millet into action oriented programme. He referred to his climate change chapter in the economic survey and also said Millet Mission Odisha is good model in this regard.

Odisha to spend Rs 100 crore for expansion of millets mission
The Indian Express (PTI - Bhubaneswar) | March 19, 2018

Under the mission, millet cultivation took place around 7,444 acres of land across seven districts during kharif 2017-18 and now the state government seeks to take this programme to another 55 blocks in four new districts, he said.

Millets to be included in Midday Meals
The Pioneer (Bhubaneswar) | March 20, 2018

The State Government has decided to include minor millets like Suan and Kangu in the midday meal and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programmes.

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

Samara Khilo is the farmer who has adopted LT Method for the first time in his life. He is very happy with LT Method. He used to get 2 quintals of Ragi from Broadcasting method every year. This year he is expecting more than 5 quintals from LT Method. He has followed packages of practices (PoP), and he wants to adopt LT Method in the coming kharif season as well.

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