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About the programme

Traditionally 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.

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Area Coverage

As on March 2024






Gram Panchayat





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Blocks < 5

Blocks > 5

In Association With

Millets Grown in Odisha


Foxtail Millet

Finger Millet

Barnyard Millet

Kodo Millet

Little Millet

Proso Millet

Pearl Millet

Millet Recipe

This step by step recipe for healthy yet delicious vegan multi-grain millet cookies make for a perfect snack for anytime! Millets are not very popular other than Bajra, Jowar and Ragi and in all the millets Bajra (Pearl Millet) is most popular. Today we are going to learn about few millets which we can include in our diet

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Recent Events

Millet campaign was organized at Kalinga Hospital campus of Bhubaneswar on 19th October 2023. The Millet Shakti kiosk inaugurated at Kalinga Hospital Bhubaneswar saw a huge number of footfalls from doctors, nutritionists, staff and the general public. The feedback received from the millet Shakti kiosk was extremely positive and encouraging....

The ‘Postcard Exchange’ event was a first of its kind event in Odisha. The event was organized at KISS and KIIT among the students on 16th October, 2023. All the students left deep, impactful imprints on the postcards through their messages. All of these 2000 postcards will be presented on a huge gratitude wall at Hangar A at the International Convention on Millets. Farmers from Odisha and ou...

KIIT University has organized a one day (13/10/23) Millet awareness program for students. Swayamshradha SHG curated millet based cuisines both dry and hot cooked food. Leaflets were distributed among the students for awareness....

Odisha Millets Mission organized a semifinal Millet cooking competition on 13th October 2023. There were 20 participants in the competition. Various traditional millet cuisines were curated by the participants. The winners will be participating at the State level cooking competition during ICM....

On the occasion of World Heart Day on 29th September, 2023, Kalinga Hospital organized a cyclothon along with millet sale & awareness kiosk in collaboration with Odisha Millets Mission to create awareness among the patients....

A Millet Food Festival was conducted on 24th September, 2023 in collaboration with Restaurants Association of Odisha where 8 stalls were put up by different restaurants and 2 stalls by WSHGs of Mission Shakti Deptt. Various millet based delicacies were served to the enthusiastic customers at the food festival....

In collaboration with the Hotels and Restaurant Association, a second phase of training on Millet recipe was organized at IHM from 11th to 12th September, 2023. The training was attended by 24 chefs and experienced innovative Indian recipes on Millets....

Odisha Millets Mission in collaboration with Kalinga Institute of Medical Science celebrated National Nutrition Week celebration from 4th to 5th September, 2023 at KIMS hospital. During the occasion, WSHG showcased and sold various Millet products and promoted health benefits of Millets....

Millet food stall from OMM was put up on the occasion of Golden Jubilee, Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition organized a 3 days(1st-3rd September) program to commemorate 50 years of competition....

Millets grain display and tasting of food was conducted on August 12, 2022 for creation of awareness of nutritional value of millets among students at Srikrishna International School. Hot cook millet food (Ragi Pasta, Foxtail millet Kheer, Little millet khichdi, ragi bread sandwich, Foxtail millet idli) and cold cooked millet food( Biscuit, mixture, karanji, flour, sattu, khichdi mix, dosa mix, la...


“Millet is good for our health and environment. I have been eating Mandia (Finger Millet) since childhood. It has played an important role in ensuring my fitness. I am appealing everyone to include millets in their daily diet and build towards a healthier, stronger India.”

Padma Shri. Dilip Tirkey

President of Hockey India


“I am very happy to know that State Government of Odisha has taken significant initiative to revive millet on farms and plate. Odisha Millets Mission has been strategizing to create awareness about nutritional importance of millets in rural and urban areas.”

Vikas Khanna

Celebrity Chef


“2023 is being observed as the 'International Year of Millets. We are thankful to the State Government for popularising millets through Odisha Millets Mission and empowering farmers in the rainfed areas.”

Archita Sahu

Odia Film Actress


“Nutritious Millets have been a part of tribal farming practices and food system since time immemorial. Therefore, promotion of millets is also about celebration of our tribal culture. Odisha Millets Mission is playing a very vital role in reviving millets in farms and on plates.”

Padma Shri. Sudarshan Pattnaik

Sand Artist


“Millet is called a super food for a very good reason, It far more nutri dense than any processed food we are eating these days. Government of this beautiful state, Odisha is doing a tremenodous job in bring back millets into consciousness and diets. All of us support this for ourselves, for our health, for our future generations. Mandia Khaiba, Sustha Rahiba! “

Ricky Kej

Indian music composer


“It is very difficult to be health conscious in today's busy age. This often leads to many lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, etc. If we want to stay away from these diseases, we need to eat millets. Luckily for us, thanks to Odisha Millets Mission, these millets are now available in diverse dishes. Take a millet bite for a healthier life.”


Odia Film Actor