To increase the nutritional value of the mid-day meal (MDM) program, the state government is considering the inclusion of millet in it. To encourage the consumption of grain, RTDC-owned hotels, and restaurants are also likely to include meals made from millet on their menus.
The majority of millet production in the country is done in Rajasthan. The state sees 2023 as a chance to heavily promote millet because the UN has designated it as the International Year of Millet. In the Jowar production, Rajasthan ranks third.
Usha Sharma, the Chief Secretary, conducted a review meeting where various strategies for promoting millet in the diet were reviewed. Millets including Sawan, Kangni, Kodon, and Kutki are also grown in the state's tribal regions in the southern districts. Because they require less water to grow and are less susceptible to pest outbreaks, jowar and bajra millets are well-suited to the state's environment.
At the cost of Rs.5 crore, a Millets Centre of Excellence is being set up in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. A provision of Rs.40 crore has been made for establishment of 100 primary processing units.
“A concrete strategy will be discussed by millet producers, agricultural businessmen, startups, voluntary organizations, agriculture scientists, and officials at this conclave. Similar seminars will be organized at the district level and gram sabhas, and lectures will also be organized at schools.” - said officials.
Millets contain medicinal and nutritional benefits that guard against significant illnesses including malnutrition, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The grain is a good source of fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals.