FAO Council approves India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023

Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) Council also approves India’s membership to the Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) for 2020 and 2021. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore aims is to bring awareness about current affairs for the Civil Services Exam like IAS exam, KAS exam, banking exam.

·        Shri Radha Mohan Singh Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare said that the 160th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council, currently underway in Rome, approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023.

On behalf of all countrymen the minister conveyed his gratitude to the countries who voiced their support. He added that this will enhance global awareness to bring back these nutri-cereals to the plate, for food and nutrition security and hence increase production for resilience to challenges posed globally by climate change.

  • This international endorsement comes in the backdrop of India celebrating 2018 as the National Year of Millets for promoting cultivation and consumption of these nutri-cereals. The Minister said that in the Modi regime, India’s prowess in agriculture diplomacy has grown.

 

  • Millets consists of Jowar, Bajra, Ragi and minor millets together termed as nutri-cereals, Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of millets. The MSP of Jowar has been increased to Rs 2450 per quintal from Rs 1725, Ragi to Rs 2897 from Rs 1900 per quintal from 2018-19 and Bajra to Rs 1950 from Rs 1425.

 

State Governments are allowed to procure jowar, bajra, maize and ragi from farmers at MSP through the Department of Food and Public Distribution.

 

The FAO Council also approved India’s membership to the Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) for 2020 and 2021 for which the Minister expressed his deepest gratitude to other member countries for their support on FAO.

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