APEDA formulating strategy to promote export of millets

• APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) is formulating a five years (2021-2026) strategy to enable all concerned stakeholders for taking necessary action in a time bound manner for achieving the target.

Key highlights:

• Efforts would be made on identification of Millet clusters, creation of platform to consolidate farmers, FPOs, Exporters, Associations, other stakeholders etc.

• Millets are generally small-seeded cereal crops known for high nutritive value (iron, zinc and calcium, among other).

• These include sorghum, pearl millet, ragi, small millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, barnyard millet, and kodo millet.

• India is the largest producer of millets in the world. Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Karnataka leading in millet farming.

• Their consumption was higher before the onset of the green revolution.

• Millets are highly climate resilient, less water intensive and can be grown on drylands.

• It is a potential tool to fight malnutrition and rural poverty.

Issues and measures taken:

Issues:

• Low yield of millets,

• Lack of processing facilities at farm gate,

• Poor demand.

Measures taken:

• Government declared 2018 as the Year of Millets;

• Promotion under NFSM.

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Mains Paper 3: Economy

Prelims level: Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority

Mains level: Issues and measures taken

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