• Participants of G20 Meeting of Agriculture Chief Scientists on “Sustainable Agriculture and Food System for Healthy People and Planet” in Varanasi unanimously supported launch of MAHARISHI- Millets And Other Ancient Grains International Research Initiative.
  • Its secretariat will be housed at Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad with technical support from ICRISAT, One CGIAR Centres and other International organisations.
  • It will focus on research and awareness about agro-biodiversity, food security, and nutrition aligning with International Year of Millets 2023.
    • 2018 was observed as National Year of Millets in India.
  • Millets are known as nutri-cereals or superfoods, mainly grown on marginal land in dry areas of temperate, sub-tropical and tropical regions.
  • Some of the common millets available in India are Ragi (Finger millet), Jowar (Sorghum), Sama (Little millet), Bajra (Pearl millet), Variga (Proso millet) etc.
  • India is the largest producer of millet in the world accounting for 20% of global production and 80% of Asia’s production.
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