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Besides the enormous potential of millets to support livelihoods, boost farmers’ income and guarantee global food and nutritional security, a rise in demand of millets could also encourage the growth of numerous small- and large-scale processing and packaging businesses in the nation leading to creation of more jobs.
At a time when the whole world is talking about sustainability and health, millets are increasingly becoming a part of mainstream discourse and popular culture. Millets have long been associated with being a poor man's food, but now they are potentially gaining popularity after the UN decided to designate 2023 as the International Year of Millets in response to a proposal by India.
The single greatest push to launch the Year of Millets would be to make them aspirational and enhance their demand throughout the country and the globe while addressing production issues surrounding millets.