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MILLET FARMING SYSTEMS
LEISA India Magazine | December 2017
Millets has been a part of daily diet in several regions in India. They were a part of biodiverse traditional cropping  systems meeting the requirements of food, nutrition and fodder, contributing to sustainable food production till  modernization and commercialization took over agriculture. With food production dwindling with climate change effects, health issues arising out of lack of balanced diets,  inappropriate food habits and lifestyles, wide prevalence of malnutrition, we are once again looking back at millets as  ‘climate resilient crops’ and ‘health foods’ – the most viable and reliable solution for the problems being faced. On one  hand, we see a lot of initiatives both at the individual as well as the community level, promoting millet production. On the other, there are fears that if millets are promoted on commercial lines, it could lead us nowhere. In this issue of LEISA India, we bring out some experiences, perspectives and challenges in promoting millet farming systems.

LEG-OPERATED MILLET DE-HULLER DRAWS FARMERS TO ORGANIC MELA
Deccan Herald | December 27, 2017
Central Food Technological Research Institute officials explain to farmers about the 'Pedal Operated Millet De-huller' during the Organic and Millets Mela, at Scouts and Guides Grounds near the Deputy Commissioner's office in Mysuru.

HOW PDS CAN BE MADE EFFECTIVE THROUGH BETTER GOVERNANCE
Anjani Kumar and Seema Bathla, Financial Express | December 28, 2017
The digitisation of beneficiaries’ database and verification of their identities through Aadhaar have resulted in scraping of over 23 million fake ration cards and savings of Rs 14,000 crore of annual food subsidy.

2 KG RAGI UNDER PDS ALONG WITH RICE: KHADER
Deccan Herald | December 22, 2017
Minister for Food and Civil Supplies U T Khader said the government will purchase ragi from farmers from month-end to provide better prices to farmers.

MILLETS RECIPE TRAINING AND MILLETS FOOD FESTIVAL: REVIVE MILLETS FARMING AND MILLETS FOODS FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE
Orissa Diary | December 27, 2017
Millets Recipe Training cum Millets Food Festival was held by NIRMAN, a Bhubaneswar based NGO at Sikharpai village in  Rayagada dist. Odisha on 22-23 Dec. 2017. More than 200 women participated in the program.

GOVT. DECISION ON MILLET EXPANSION RECEIVED WITH CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM
R. Krishna Kumar, The Hindu | December 27, 2017
Stakeholders call for focus on processing technology and bridging of cultivator-consumer gap.

KARNATAKA PROMOTES MILLETS AS HEALTHY DIET
IANS (Bengaluru) | December 20, 2017
Promoting millets as a healthy diet in modern times, the Karnataka government on Wednesday revived the state's ancient forgotten crop by making a few celebrity chefs prepare tasty dishes from the grains at a culinary symposium here.

BENGALURU: MILLET FAIR DRAWS CROWD
Deccan Chronicle | December 21, 2017
The millet cuisines prepared at live counters by renowned chefs were conceptualised and extensively researched by NNRC students.

FOOD SECURITY SOP
The Telegraph India | December 19, 2017
The Naveen Patnaik government is planning to provide edible oil, salt and finger millet - considered one of the most nutritious cereals - to the poor at subisidised rates under the food security scheme.

MILLET PROCESSING CENTRE OPENED
The Hindu | December 19, 2017
To help make availability of millets as nutrient food to health conscious people and to add value to the produce, a  millet processing hub has been set up at Sagaram in Madugula mandal by Vikasa, an NGO, with the financial support of NABARD.

MILLET ON MENU: JOWAR ROTIS' POPULARITY SURGES, LATE-NIGHT SALES SAVE THE HUNGRY
Times of India | December 11, 2017
Though different varieties of chapatis or rotis, such as wheat chapati, rumali roti, tandoor ki roti, and naan, are sold  in various eateries across Old City, a variety that's slowly gaining in popularity is the one tossed up with the humble millet —jowar.

TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE: PROCESSING UNIT TO HELP TRIBALS, AUGMENT MILLET PRODUCTION
Times of India (Visakhapantam Edition) | December 11, 2017
VIKASA is opening a Millets Processing Hub in Sagaram Village of Madugula Mandal in Visakhapatnam District on 18th  December 2017, on the eve of First Anniversary of its Founder Sri P Viswanadham and also is hoping to process 4 to 5  quintals of Korra and Sama millets a day. This is expected to augment millet consumption and production in the surrounding area.

WILD FOODS - FOREST FOOD ENSURES NUTRITIONAL SECURITY OF ODISHA'S TRIBES
Basudev Mahapatra, Village Square | December 11, 2017
Access to naturally grown forest produce would go a long way in protecting tribal communities in Odisha from the worst impacts of climate change and supply them with all that they need for sustenance.

INDIA'S MILLETS MAKEOVER: SET TO REACH POOR, SCHOOL MEALS
Charu Bahri, IndiaSpend | December 11, 2017
So far, only a few states such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had made available millets and that too only in certain pockets.

THIS BITS ALUMNUS HAS CREATED 2,000 ORGANIC MICRO-ENTREPRENEURS IN NAXAL-HIT DANTEWADA
Sampath Putrevu, Yourstory.com | December 7, 2017
Quitting a high paying job and doing what you love is one thing while giving up a comfortable lifestyle to help the poor  is something else entirely. Most millennials might see a sacrifice in it, but Akash Badave, an alumnus of BITS Pilani, is certainly not one of them.

Karnataka's hoping to reap millet gains
Vivian Fernandes, The Financial Express | December 7, 2017
The state is pushing millets or coarse cereals, as a smart food for the 1st century, with massive nutritional and ecological benefits.

SEEDS OF DIVERSITY, RESILIENCE AND FREEDOM
Vandana Shiva, The Asian Age | December 6, 2017
Swadeshi seeds have been bred for drought tolerance, flood tolerance as well as salt tolerance.

MILLET-BASED READY-TO-COOK FOODS LAUNCHED
R. Avadhani, The Hindu | December 5, 2017
In an effort to increase the supply of the millet-based nutritious ready-to-eat (RTE) and ready-to-cook (RTC) foods, a community production centre has been opened by the Deccan Development Society here.

JOWAR ON YOUR PLATTER
Divyashri Mudakavi, Deccan Herald | December 5, 2017
The thali in Dharwad has fluffy, soft jowar roti along with curries like badnekayi enagayi, chutneys, jhunkad wadi, pudi, menthe soppu, salad, and rice with curds.

GOVERNMENT MAY INTRODUCE MILLETS IN MIDDAY MEALS, INDIRA CANTEENS
Manu Aiyappa Kanathanda, Times of India | December 5, 2017
Two consecutive drought years may have had a bearing on foodgrain production and caused a spate of farmer suicides, but the state has somehow managed to offset the impact this year with some good rain. In an interview with TOI, agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda, who has taken the lead in promoting production of drought-resistant millets, emphasized the role of science in making Karnataka drought-proof.

TRIBAL FARMERS REAP IT RICH IN SRI RAGI CULTIVATION
G.V. Prasada Sarma, The Hindu | December 4, 2017
By adopting SRI method, they successfully increase yield in 1,500 acres spread across four districts.

FISH WISH FOR MIDDAY MEAL
Subhashish Mohanty, The Telegraph India | December 4, 2017
The Naveen Patnaik government has plans to spice up the midday meal platter by serving fish that officials say will push up its nutritional quotient.

MILLETS FARMERS REAP GOOD HARVEST, BUT POOR RETURNS
Times of India | December 1, 2017
After a prolonged drought in Madurai district, the pre-monsoon rains in September and October have turned benevolent to farmers this year. The cultivation is almost touching the targeted figures but the farming community is upset over the fall in prices within a period of two months, which has resulted in less profits being earned in spite of a good harvest.

MAD OVER MILLETS
Deccan Chronicle | December 1, 2017
Nutritious and versatile, these specialities made of millets are perfect to devour this season.

 

 

FIGHT MODERN DAY DISEASES WITH THIS ANCIENT CROP
Dr. A. Sundaravalli, The New Indian Express | November 30, 2017
Over the years, millets have proven to be a miracle for patients ailing with progressive and chronic diabetes. This whole grain releases lesser percentage of glucose into the system and over a span of time lowers risk of developing this condition.

CENTRE WORKING TO INCLUDE MILLETS IN SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMS & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM: AGRI SECRETARY
Business Standard | November 29, 2017
With a view to ensure that millets become a part of average Indian's diet, the Government of India is trying to include it in school feeding programs, Union agriculture secretary Dr S.K. Patnaik said at an ASSOCHAM-Karnataka Government joint event.

KARNATAKA TO TAKE THE ‘MILLET MOVEMENT’ ACROSS THE COUNTRY
BK Jha, Rural Marketing | November 28, 2017
Hailed as a miracle crop, the ancient forgotten grain Millets, largely wiped out from our farms and diets, is making a comeback, thanks to the efforts of Karnataka government. Karnataka is all set to take its Millet Movement to the rest of the country. The state is organising ‘Organics & Millets 2018- International Trade Fair’, in Bengaluru, from January 19 to 21.

MILLETS CAN FILL INDIA'S NUTRITION GAP: KARNATAKA MINISTER
IANS (Business Standard) | November 27, 2017
In order to achieve food security for its population India has ignored nutritional security, which can be addressed now by incorporating millets in the diet, said Karnataka Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda here.

KARNATAKA SEEKS SUPPORT FROM STATES TO POPULARISE MILLETS
PTI (Times of India) | November 27, 2017
Karnataka today sought support from north Indian states in popularising millets as it prepares to hold the international trade fair on the forgotten grain in Bengaluru in January.

CENTRE MULLS DISTRIBUTING MILLETS VIA PDS
Outlook The News Scroll | November 27, 2017
The Centre is planning to distribute millets via ration shops and schemes like the Midday Meal, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said.

COTTON BEING CULTIVATED AT THE COST OF OTHER CROPS: MILLET FARMERS
R. Avadhani, The Hindu | November 25, 2017
Farmers here may find themselves in a comfortable zone, but that does not happen without a few sacrifices. They may have irrigation infrastructure and other facilities in place to cultivate crops of their choice, but the process is not free of troubles.

INDIRA CANTEEN TO SERVE RAGI MUDDE
Poornima Ramesh, Deccan Herald | November 24, 2017
Ragi mudde, a traditional food largely consumed in south Karnataka, is to be served in Indira Canteens soon.

Go for barnyard millet cultivation, instead of paddy
The Hindu | November 22, 2017
Farmers who chose it are happy as they await bumper harvest.

India urges UN to declare 2018 as 'International Year of Millets'
Vishwa Mohan, Times of India | November 22, 2017
The proposal, if agreed, will raise awareness about millets among consumers, policy makers, industry and R&D sector. Millet is a common term to categorise small-seeded grasses that are often termed nutri-cereals or dryland-cereals. It includes sorghum, pearl millet, ragi, small millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, barnyard millet, kodo millet and other millets.

Why two brothers from Karnataka are sold on the idea of millet-based snacks
Heman Vaishnavi, Yourstory.com | November 18, 2017
Bringing back millets- the super crop of our ancestors.

Mysuru farmers take to ragi in a big way
H.S. Narasimha Kumar, The Hindu | November 16, 2017
Crop area in the district doubles compared to last year.

Stories of Change... Farmers reaping Bounty from GULI Method of Cultivation
Dr. S. Kiran, VIKAS NGO, CMRP Website | November 15, 2017
As part of Comprehensive Millets Revival Programme (CMRP), VIKASA has been working on the issues of enhancing the millet production, productivity, consumption and value addition aspects in Dumbriguda Mandal. In order to enhance the productivity through agronomic improvements, VIKASA has organized trainings to tribal farmers on the cultivation of Finger millet crop using GULI method of cultivation. GULI is a traditional cultivation practice in vogue in the rainfed Southern Karnataka and is a proven method of cultivation to enhance the productivity of finger millet.

As You Sow, so You Eat: How a Tuber and Some Tricks Beat Malnutrition Among Farmers
Hema Vijay, The Better India | November 12, 2017
What could make a direct and immediate impact on the farming family’s nutritional status is what’s grown and how it’s grown.

NOT POSSIBLE TO PRACTICE TRADITIONAL FARMING IN INDIA ANYMORE; HERE IS WHY
Vivian Fernandes, Financial Express | November 9, 2017
For most consumers, ‘organic’ is probably a code for ‘safe’ or ‘residue-free’, not necessarily produce grown without chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

MILLETS FAIR: BENGALURU AGRICULTURE MINISTER UNVEILS WEBSITE, LOGO
Deccan Chronicle | November 7, 2017
Agriculture Minister Krishna Byregowda unveiled the new website and logo for the trade fair and spoke about the importance of producing millets.

MILLET CULTIVATION, USE ON THE RISE IN STATE
The New Indian Express | November 7, 2017
Cultivation of a few varieties of millets has gone up nearly two times in Karnataka this year, said minister for agriculture, Krishna Byre Gowda. Speaking at the curtain raiser event for the International Trade Fair- Organic and Millets in the City on Monday, Byre Gowda said that millets, including Same, Navane, Baragu and Oodhalu were earlier cultivated in 25,000 hectares. This year, the cultivation area has increased to 40,000 hectares. The three-day fest will be held in Bengaluru from January 19.

Prime Minister of India notes the Importance of Millets
ICRISAT Youtube | November 6, 2017
Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, spoke on the benefits of millets and coarse grains at the inauguration of World Food India 2017, held between 3-5 November 2017 at New Delhi. He highlighted the role of these grains in ensuring food security and nutrition, underlining their resilience to adverse climate conditions, and their potential to ensure increased incomes for resource-poor farmers.

NUTRITIOUS ORGANIC BISCUITS FLOODING MARKETS
VL Gayatri, The Hans Inida | November 6, 2017
In the not-too-distant future, ragi (finger millet), jonna (sorghum) and multi-grain organic biscuits could give long-standing branded biscuits a run for their money, going by the way the former, manufactured organically by tribal women, are flooding various city markets across the State.

MILLETS FARMING, THE KONDH WAY
Debjeet Sarangi, Odisha Byte | November 3, 2017
Millets have always been part of an eco-cultural system. It is not only limited to production and consumption, but envelopes a relationship with earth and her capability to sustain life and to nurture cultures that celebrate a symbiotic relationship with all life forms around them. This includes the crops on the field, the trees in the forest, the flora and the fauna which forms a part of an integral eco-socio cultural universe that sustains life and meaning.

TRIBAL FARMERS TAKE PLEDGE TO PRESERVE INDIGENOUS PRACTICES
Mohammed Iqbal, The Hindu | November 5, 2017
Focus on sustainable farming through rain-fed agriculture.

Small initiative changes the lives of women in a big way
Juhi Chaudhary, India Climate Dialogue | November 2, 2017
Helped by NGOs women in five small villages in Uttarakhand have transformed their lives using water harvesting, kitchen gardens, and organic farming.

TRIBAL FARMERS PLEDGE NOT TO USE CHEMICAL PESTICIDES
Times of India (Jaipur Edition) | November 1, 2017
Conclave focuses on Local Produce and Forest.

 

 

Organic World Congress from November 9-11: ‘3,000 expected, large contingent from Punjab & Haryana to attend’
The Indian Express | October 31, 2017
The Organic World Congress, said Alvaries, will play a critical role in strengthening the world organic farming movement and tilting India’s agricultural policy firmly in the direction of organic farming.

Multi-grain meal (sorghum/ finger millet) to replace upma in Tribal Schools
P. Sridhar, The Hindu | October 31, 2017
In a major initiative to cater to the nutritional needs of schoolchildren in tribal areas, the district administration has readied a plan to introduce multi-grain meals in 64 tribal welfare residential educational institutions across the district.

Agragamee Organised State Level Conventions for ORGANIC Farmers
Orissa (Odisha) Diary | October 28, 2017
Bhubaneswar, AGRAGAMEE, Kashipur, in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany organized a State Level Organic Farmers Convention at Institute of Engineers, Bhubaneswar on 27th October. Above 300 Organic Farmers from different parts Odisha mostly on tribal areas and Policy Makers, Senior Bureaucrats, Agriculture Scientists, Researchers,, NGOs, Academics, Civil Society Organizations participated in the convention and discuss about various issues related to Agriculture, Farmers and Organic farming.

Over 500 Hassan farmers switch over to drought-resistant minor millets
Sathish G.T., The Hindu | October 28, 2017
Fed up with drought for the past three years, over 500 farmers of Gandasi hobli in Arasikere taluk have taken up cultivation of minor millets, thanks to the support extended by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Karnataka government sees big scope for millets, pushes their cultivation
V. Sajeev Kumar, The Hindu Businessline | October 27, 2017
The Karnataka government’s efforts to popularise millet cultivation seem to be yielding results, thanks to a rising consumer demand based on awareness about healthy alternatives.

CENTRE, KARNATAKA PUSH FOR INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF MILLETS
PTI, Times of India | October 24, 2017
The central and Karnataka governments want declaration of an international year of millets to help spread the message on richness of the foodgrains' nutrients and health benefits across the world.

Karnataka to organise trade fair on organics, millets
IANS, The New Indian Express | October 24, 2017
The Karnataka government will be organising the Organics & Millets International Trade Fair 2018 in Bengaluru in January to promote organics and millets, billed as the future smart foods.

CENTRE, KARNATAKA PUSH FOR INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF MILLETS
PTI, Times of India | October 24, 2017
The central and Karnataka governments want declaration of an international year of millets to help spread the message on richness of the foodgrains' nutrients and health benefits across the world.

Millets take root in dry heartland
Julie Mariappani, Times of India | October 24, 2017
The shift from paddy to less water intensive crops like millets and pulses is becoming more popular with every passing year.

USE MINOR MILLETS: MINISTER
The Hindu | October 26, 2017
Savouries made of minor millets were the highlight of the food festival organised here on Wednesday in connection with MGR birth centenary celebrations by ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services).

Karnataka makes a global pitch for millets
Vishwanath Kulkarni, The Hindu Businessline | October 19, 2017
State to organise meet in January to attract global interest.

Food security: Solution lies in traditional food
Archana Mishra, Governance Now | October 16, 2017
On World Food Day, the country needs to focus on promoting the dying practice of locally producing food by aboriginals like Baigas and Gonds.

Droughts Don’t Scare These Millet-Producing, Self-Sufficient Karnataka Farmers!
Nomadic Lion, The Better India | October 13, 2017
Drought-prone villages of Karnataka are now self-sufficient in their seed needs and selling the excess seeds back while producing high yields.

VIKARABAD LEADS WITH INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES (TO INTRODUCE MILLETS WITH GREATER NUTRITION VALUE INTO THE DIET OF CHILDREN IN ANGANWADI CENTRES)
M.L. Melly Maitreyi, The Hindu | October 11, 2017
Ms. Divya says. ‘Chinnarulaki Chirudhanyalu’ is a programme to introduce millets with greater nutrition value in to the diet of children in Anganwadi centres. With the success of pilot project launched in 45 Anganwadi centres with millet-based menu like Jonna upma, Korra kichidi, instead of rice based items, the Department of Women and Children Development now cleared it to extend to all Anganwadi centres in the State.

CITY RELISHES MILLET MAGIC
The New Indian Express | October 9, 2017
Millets were not just a part of our everyday meal, but were once also an intrinsic part of our culture. Did you know that in several parts of our country millets were used as part of offerings to God and various other customs during festivals?

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLETS
Heena Khndelwal, Daily News and Analysis | October 8, 2017
Once rendered old-fashioned and infra dig, the humble millet is making a tsunami of a comeback and in the most chic plates. Heena Khandelwal reports.

REDEFINING FARMING, SCRIPTING SUCCESS THE COLLECTIVE WAY
Julie Mariappan, Times of India | October 8, 2017
Last year, when more than 1,000 millet farmers in 13 dry blocks of Namakkal, could not make any profit individually, they decided to work together as a team by forming Valwill Sudeshi, a farmer producer group. Trained in collective farming at the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology in Thanjavur, today many of them are scripting success stories.

KARNATAKA’S MILLET INTAKE RELATIVELY HIGH: STUDY
Afshan Yasmeen, The Hindu | October 7, 2017
It is third highest consumer of millets among 16 States. Karnataka’s efforts in popularising millets, which was the staple a couple of generations ago, appears to have yielded results if the indicators of a nationwide study by the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) to assess urban nutrition is anything to go by.

POSHAN VARI - JHARKHAND KITCHEN GARDENS ADD NUTRITION TO FOOD BASKET
Soumi Kundu, Village Square | October 6, 2017
Kitchen gardens tended by women in Gumla district boost rural diets by providing a rich variety of local cereals, pulses and vegetables, cut expenditure on purchases while improving their nutritional status.

AIMING FOR HEALTHIER ATTAPADY
The Hindu | October 3, 2017
Agriculture Department and SC/ST Department, Kerala government is formulating a “MILLET VILLAGE SCHEME” to promote the cultivation of cereals such as millet, ragi, bajra and maize by setting up a millet village at Attappady. The project aimed at protecting seeds of traditional varieties of millets and ensures food security and livelihood for tribals.

REVIVAL OF CLIMATE-SMART CROPS
Ananda Teertha Pyati, Deccan Herald | October 3, 2017
A unique world of millets unfolds as one travels across Kundagol taluk in Dharwad district, Karnataka. Nine varieties of millets grown successfully in over 300 acres of the drought-prone area offer hope amidst the impending dangers of climate change.

 

 

BENEFITS OF MILLETS-BASED FOOD UNDERSCORED
The Hans India | September 27, 2017
Children tasting the snacks prepared by using millets at the food expo organised on the eve of World Environmental Health Day, in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

CHILDREN RELISH MILLET RECIPES
The Hindu | September 27, 2017
Food fest held to mark World Environmental Health Day.

MILLET CONSUMPTION ON THE DECLINE
The Hindu | September 23, 2017
A steady decline in consumption of millets was a matter of growing concern, said speakers at the eighth edition of Madurai Symposium here on Friday.

WHY INDIA'S FARMERS WANT TO CONSERVE INDIGENOUS HEIRLOOM RICE
Chitrangada Choudhury, The Guardian | September 24, 2017
India was once home to 100,000 rice varieties, but high-yield, less hardy hybrids have taken over encouraging farmers to safeguard more resistant strains.

INCREASE AREA OF MILLET CULTIVATION TO FIGHT DECLINING CEREAL DIVERSITY: EXPERTS
Times of India | September 24, 2017
Millets are the solution to the declining cereal diversity in India and the farmers need to be encouraged to cultivate them in a larger area so as to reap the financial and nutritional benefits of millets, said Dr S. Parvathi, Dean, Home Science College and Research Institute, TNAU, Madurai.

MILLET SNACKS TO ADDRESS MALNUTRITION
The Hindu | September 22, 2017
The Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) has taken a unique initiative to promote millets among the growing kids and address malnutrition ensuring that they are included in the diet chart of the 400-odd social welfare residential schools in Telangana.

UNCULTIVATED FOODS - NIYAMGIRI TRIBE REVIVE WILD HARVESTS AFTER VEDANTA VICTORY
Abhijit Mohanty, Village Square | September 22, 2017
Judicious use of wild uncultivated foods and revival of indigenous crops are helping the Dongria Kondh tribe of Niyamgiri to boost food security beyond their successful campaign against mining giant Vedanta.

SNACK IT RIGHT
Harshini Vakkalanka, The Hindu | September 13, 2017
Siddhanth Sarkar believes that Orgtree’s millet snacks can revolutionze the snack-market in India.

WHY OUR PLATES, FIELDS MUST HAVE MORE MILLETS THAN RICE
Times of India | September 12, 2017
From the field to the plate, there are many benefits of moving away from paddy-centric cultivation and consumption patterns for farmers and consumers in Tamil Nadu. Experts say increasing cultivation and consumption of alternative crops like millets, pulses, fruits and vegetables will not just yield nutritional benefits, but also help farmers achieve sustainable usage of water resources.

MORE CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE PRODUCES FOOD CROPS SHORN OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
Charu Bahri, Indiaspend | September 11, 2017
Roughly 60% of the protein content in the average Indian diet comes from cereals. Successive generations of Indians have quibbled about the sliding quality of dana-pani (food-drink) and hawa-pani (air-water). Now, US-based scientists have proven that more carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is indeed sapping the nutrient content of staple foods, leaving people less healthy. And they expect this situation to worsen.

MILLET MELA BEGINS
The Hindu | September 10, 2017
The two-day millet mela began at the Dr. Shivarama Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama here on Saturday.

MEAL WITH MILLETS ON THE HILLS OF BARGUR
Aparna Karthikeyan, Livemint | September 10, 2017
Ragi, a staple of Karnataka, makes for a functional roti and a meal that’s simple yet memorable. The ragi roti (finger millet) was as big but heavier than its north Indian cousin, the tandoori roti. It was made in a rough and ready outdoor stove.

MUNCH ON A MILLET DELICACIES AT PILIKULA
Deccan Herald | September 9, 2017
A two-day millets fair organised by Sri Dharmasthala Siri Gramodyoga, SKDRDP and Dr Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama attracted a lot of visitors here on Saturday.

EVALUATION OF FINGER MILLET VARIETIES UNDER RAINFED REGION OF SOUTH BIHAR
Author(s): Mahesh Kumar Singh, Vinod Kumar and Shambhu Prasad, Journal of AgriSearch | September 2017
The field experiment was carried out during kharif 2013 and 2014 to evaluate yield potential, economics and thermal utilization in eleven finger millet varieties under rainfed condition of sub-humid environment of South Bihar. Significantly higher grain yield (21.65 q/ha), net return (Rs 28287) and B:C ratio 1.69 were in variety ‘GPU 67’ but was at par to ‘RAU-8’ and both were significantly superior over remaining varieties. At 50 % anthesis stage the highest heat units (1526.9 oC day), heliothermal units (7428.2 oC day hours), phenothermal index (19.4 oC days day-1) were observed in variety ‘GPU 67’ followed by ‘RAU 8’ and ‘GPU 28’ and lowest in ‘VL 149’. At maturity stage the highest growing degree days (2051.6 oC day), heliothermal units (10765.1 oC day hours) were in variety ‘GPU 67’ followed by ‘RAU 8’ and ‘GPU 28’ and lowest in ‘VL 149’. The highest heat use efficiency (1.06 kg ha-1oC day) and Helio-thermal use efficiency (0.20 kg ha-1 oC day hour) were in ‘GPU 67’ followed by ‘GPU 45’ and ‘VL 315’.

"SERVING MILLETS IN TRIBAL SCHOOLS OF SRIKAKULAM DISTRICT (ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA)
WASSAN Youtube | September 7, 2017
In earlier days, millets were eaten all day long but the eating patterns changed to rice and wheat. This change led to health problems like obesity and diabetes and to food shortages in relation to climate change. The video narrates how HIVOS - WASSAN programme has supported the reintroduction of millets by governments and NGOs and led to local food security.

DROUGHT MAKES KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT FORCE FARMERS TO OPT FOR RAGI OVER PADDY; HERE IS WHY THIS IS A GOOD NEWS
The Financial Express | September 6, 2017
Karnataka pushing ragi over paddy and cane is well-intentioned, but the state must incentivise the millet.

EVENT PHOTO: GRASSROOTS OF ORGANIC FARMING - WELLNESS EXPO 2017
Bhoomika Eco Facebook
The Bhoomi Ka campaign with its partners Janpahal, Millets for Health and The Golden Hive participated in the Wellness Expo 2017 organized from 29th to 31st August at Pragati Maidan, Delhi.

 

NEW MILLET FARMING ENTHUSES TRIBAL RYOTS
G.V. Prasada Sarma, The Hindu | September 2, 2017
The SRI ragi farming technique is launched this kharif as a part of the Comprehensive Revival of Millet Programme (CRMP) of the State government covering 44 mandals in seven districts of Andhra Pradesh. The programme targets to restore cultivation of nine varieties of millets in 1.35 lakh acres.

NUTRITION DEBATE : REPLACING HOT COOKED MEALS WITH PACKAGED FOOD MIXES WILL AFFECT CHILDREN’S HEALTH, SAY NUTRITIONISTS
Aarefa Johari, Scroll.in | September 1, 2017 
With Maharashtra set to do away with fresh meals for anganwadi children, doctors and activists debate controversial fortified foods. In Odisha, the authorities of Rayagada district are promoting the cultivation of a variety of local millets to curb high infant mortality rates, because they naturally have a high nutrition content that is good for pregnant women.

 

 

 

JOWAR IDLI AND RAGI DOSA ON PLATTER, HYDERABAD RELISHES MILLETS
Amrita Didyala, Times of India | August 30, 2017
Following extensive research on the health benefits of millets conducted in the city, Hyderabad seems to be slowly warming up to millet-based products. While Bengaluru has the highest count of millet consumers, as per industry estimates, Hyderabad is fast catching up, say observers. This, courtesy more dieticians and chefs promoting the nutritionally-superior millets.

SAVVY SOWING FOR INDIAN MONSOON-DEPENDENT FARMERS
Jerome Bossuet, Thomson Reuters Foundation News | August 29, 2017
Rain fed farmers often lack advice before the rainy season starts about what crop to plant, and when to sow seeds. Based on the seasonal climate forecast, farmers are advised to go for groundnut or shift from groundnut to more drought tolerant crops like sorghum or foxtail millet, after which they are advised on the optimal sowing date and management.

 

A PARCHED LAND TURNS LUSH AFTER RAINY SPELLS
C. Jaisankar, The Hindu | August 29, 2017
Farmers in rainfed areas have started sowing groundnut, sorghum, millets and pulses.

SHORT FILM FEST TO REVIVE 'FORGOTTEN' GRAIN
M.T. Saju, Times of India | August 27, 2017
A competition organised to revive the importance of a 'forgotten' grain may be rare for the short film genre but that's what the 11st edition of the development film festival, by DHAN Foundation has in store.

 

SEED SAVERS - MAHARASHTRA’S TRIBAL FARMERS REVIVE TRADITIONAL CROPS
Hiren Kumar Bose, Village Square | August 25, 2017
Recognizing the significance of traditional crop varieties that can withstand climate-related vagaries and offer nutrition security, tribal farmers have started to conserve and propagate local cultivars.

BRINGING WOMEN FARMERS AND THEIR PRODUCE ONLINE
K.C. Deepika, The Hindu | August 24, 2017
Joint project of Mindtree and UNDP, the initiative aims to help bring 18,000 women in State to the fore. “For example, there are a group of women farmers in Kanakpura who predominantly grow organic millets.

 

ORGANIC FOOD GROWN IN INDIA FOR DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION MAY NOT BE SAFE, SAYS ICRIER STUDY
Sayantan Bera, Livemint | August 23, 2017
In 2016-17 India exported Rs2,478 crore worth of organic commodities like oilseeds, cereals and millets and processed foods.

PHOTO ESSAY: BAUXITE MINING A CURSE FOR ADIVASIS IN ODISHA’S BAPHLIMALI
Abhijit Mohanty, The Wire | August 23, 2017
Rain-fed agriculture of millets, cereals, pulses, paddy and collection of non-timber forest produces were essential for the livelihood of the communities. And most importantly, Baphlimali is also one of their sacred places.

 

BOUNTY OF CROPS AT THAYANANKUDI
Ignatius Pereira, The Hindu (Kerala) | August 18, 2017
Tribal hamlet bags farmers award for reviving millet cultivation. The tribal hamlet of Thayanankudi in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) in Idukki has bagged the maiden award instituted by the government for tribal hamlets engaged in reviving tribal agriculture.

SOUTH-WEST MONSOON DEFICIT COULD WORSEN FARM DISTRESS
Sayantan Bera, Livemint | August 17, 2017
While deficit rains may not impact overall foodgrain production, farmers in parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka say the ongoing dry spell will lead to large losses as crops like soybean, pulses, cotton and millets are facing severe moisture stress.

 

AGRICULTURE: ON THE CUSP OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Vishwanath Kulkarni, The Hindu Businessline | August 14, 2017
Since Independence, India’s foodgrain production has registered an over a five-fold increase, to around 273 million tonnes in 2016-17. The country has largely attained self-sufficiency as it transformed itself from a status of ‘ship-to-mouth’ to an exporter over the past 70 years.

UNEP EVINCES INTEREST IN PROMOTING ORGANIC FARMING
The New Indian Express | August 12, 2017
The Odisha Government and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have decided to collaborate to promote organic farming in the State. UNEO Executive Director Erik Solheim met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here on Friday and discussed the scope of organic farming in Odisha.

 

ODISHA TO PROMOTE ORGANIC FARMING IN JOINT EFFORT WITH UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
The New Indian Express | August 11, 2017
AP Padhi said appropriate marketing mechanisms should be created to encourage farmers to take up production of maize, millets and other foodgrains. Padhi suggested that a joint committee is constituted to identify specific areas for future collaboration between Odisha and UNEP.

NEED OF THE HOUR IS TO IMPROVE OUR CULINARY DIVERSITY
The Hindu | August 8, 2017
M.S. Swaminathan suggests inclusion of millets in the diet. India is currently in a dilemma, as it has mountains of grains thanks to surplus food production yet ranks poorly in the Global Hunger Index, at 97 out of 118 countries as measured in 2016.

 

MAKING MILLETS THE MAIN MEAL FOR MILLION
Ravi Prasad Benjmain, The Hans India | August 7, 2017
The day is not far when millets would become staple for millions. For, widespread cultivation of millets, substantial increase in production, encouraging cottage industries that deal in millet-related products and promotion of value-added products by involving young entrepreneurs are among the slew of initiatives launched by the State government to bring millets to the centre-stage of nutrition basket.

FOOD PROCESSING INCUBATION CENTRE BECOMES FUNCTIONAL
The Hindu | August 4, 2017
A Food Processing Incubation-cum-Training Centre has been established by the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Agribusiness at the TNAU’s Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute, at Navalur Kuttappattu in the city. .

 

 

 

MILLETS AREN’T JUST HEALTHY, THEY COULD ALSO HOLD THE ANSWER TO FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGES
University of Cambridge, Scroll.in | July 31, 2017 (Original article appeared on University of Cambridge Website)
Archaeologists say millets – largely used as birdseed in the West – are resilient crops and could help feed the world’s population.

THE MILLET DEHUSKER JAR (A 'MIXIE') THAT SEPARATES THE MILLET FROM THE CHAFF
L.N. Revathy, The Hindu Businessline | July 28, 2017
Coimbatore-based academic patents home device, hopes to bring down cost of nutritious grains. A former engineering college professor has patented the technology that drives a home device to dehusk minor millets in her quest to make the nutritious grains affordable.

 

A WEEKLY ORGANIC PRODUCE MARKET IN ODISHA IS BRINGING CONSUMERS CLOSER TO FARMERS
Chitrangoda Choudhury, The Better India | July 26, 2017
Buyers get freshly harvested vegetables, pulses, herbs and also foods from Adivasi diets at the Bissamcuttack organic market in Odisha.

FARMERS FIND A FRIEND IN GOOD OLD MILLET - BEST ALTERNATIVE TO GO FOR IN TIMES OF DROUGHT AND CROP FAILURE
Vincent Arocklaraj, Times of India | July 27, 2017
Millets have always been recognized as a healthy food. Now, distressed farmers of the parched delta region have rediscovered a friend in this amazingly low water-consuming crop.

 

MINISTER CALLS FOR REVIVING FORGOTTEN CROPS
Deccan Herald | July 26, 2017
Visitors check out the millets displayed on the inaugural day of the workshop on millet foods for dieticians and chefs in the city.

HEALTHY ROUTE WITH MILLETS
The Hans India | July 21, 2017
Lifestyle disorders like high-stress levels, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancer and low immunity are on an increase every year due to consumption of unhealthy food. To overcome the malady, CS Jadhav, Director, Inner Being Wellness Pvt Ltd, launched new millet products on Friday in the city.

 

SORGHUM CHAKLI, RICH IN NUTRITION
Deccan Chronicle | July 24, 2017
Sorghum is a major cereal crop in the country after rice and wheat.

THREE-DAY TRADITIONAL SEED AND FOOD FESTIVAL 2017, THROWS UP MILLET CULTIVATION AS BEST OPTION
Times of India | July 24, 2017
A three-day traditional seed festival aimed at creating a common platform to faciliate exchange of seeds and traditional as well as scientific knowledge condluded in the city.

 

POOR RAINFALL HITS AGRA BAJRA GROWERS, HALF OF MAJOR SUMMER CROP YET TO BE SOWN
Times of India | July 21, 2017
Farmers of Agra region are facing considerable problems, with the window for planting bajra (pearl millet) crop for the kharif season ending. With rainfall lower than required in the area, nearly half the area on which the crop is cultivated is still lying fallow.

MUMBAI FOOD: LEARN TO MAKE RISOTTO, LADDOOS WITH LESSER KNOWN MILLETS
Shraddha Uchil, Mid-day.com | July 20, 2017
Sign up for a workshop and learn how to make risotto and laddoos using lesser known millets such as proso.

 

MAKE THE MOST OF MILLETS
Sangeeta Khanna, The Hindu Metro Plus | July 14, 2017
Millets are the talk of the town and in everything from poffertjes to chocolate puddings. But restraint is key when it comes to using them.

 

TRIBAL WOMEN OF SUNDARGARH MAKE ORGANIC FARMING A LIFE-CHANGING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
Basudev Mahapatra, Village Square | July 12, 2017
Tribal communities in Sundargarh district of Odisha have revived the traditional practice of growing food without the help of chemical fertilizers and made it viable economically by making pragmatic changes.

A MILLET A DAY
Damini Ralleigh, The Indian Express | July 10, 2017
The Ashadh Mela showcased food that has disappeared from our platters, in an attempt to establish a link between urban consumers and small-scale organic farmers.

THE HUMBLE MILLET GETS ITS PLACE UNDER THE SUN, AS A SUPERFOOD
National Herald | July 8, 2017
The Asadh Mela organised by INTACH and Bhoomi ka emphasised on importance of millet through workshops. It provided an opportunity to explore safe food through food conversations and film screenings.

 

A HARDY MILLET YIELDS ITS GENETIC CODE
B.S. Satish Kumar, The Hindu | July 7, 2017
Ragi’s genome sequencing by Bengaluru university can help develop better varieties.

SAVING FINGER MILLETS
Shanthakumar C, Deccan Herald | July 4, 2017
Mandya, known as the hub of paddy cultivation in South Karnataka, is gradually losing grounds due to water scarcity, reduced soil fertility and many other problems. Due to scarce rainfall and unavailability of water for irrigation, farmers here are finding it difficult to cultivate paddy even during the monsoons.

 

CREATIVE NATURAL FARMERS RAKE IN PROFIT THROUGH VEGETABLE PRODUCTION AND COOPERATIVE
Ashlesha Khadse Amrita Bhoomi, La Via Campesina South Asia Blogspot | July 2, 2017
June 2017, Nellamangla, Karnataka: Kumaraswamy and his wife Bhaghyambika from Nellamangla have together set up a profitable multilayer Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) vegetable farm.

MILLETS TRAVEL FROM TRIBAL FARMS TO DINNER TABLES
Manipadma Jena, VillageSquare | June 26, 2017
The indigenous Dongria Kondh community in Odisha is helping to restore the popularity of native varieties of millets that can grow in droughty weather conditions, even as millet products gain traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits.

 

 

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