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.
objectives of the programme are:-
of Millets in State Nutrition programmes such as ICDS, MDM, ITDA
Welfare Hostels and eventually in PDS.
Household consumption by setting up decentralized processing units at
panchayat and block level.
productivity through improved agronomic practices and organic inputs.
availability of millet seeds through community managed/community owned
seed centres with focus on local varieties.
Strengthening of Farmer Co operatives / Farmer Producers Organisations
for better marketing of millets.
may expand in future to other districts. The programme design is
conceived considering their geographical, agro-ecological and cultural