Millets are available in about 6,000 different varieties around the world. Unlike wheat, rice, and corn, millets can be grown in arid and semi-arid areas because they don’t need quality soil or a lot of water to grow. Millets are also a great source of protein and energy for more than a billion people worldwide. Globally, millets are primarily imported by Indonesia, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Italy, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
The Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), on 30th January’ 23, in districts of Gumla city (a millet hub) organised a one day workshop and training programme in an attempt to encourage farmers to actively participate in the agricultural export business of millets from the state. On the occasion, about 50 progressive farmers from neighbouring districts and registered exporters from all over the State, participated and exchanged views. In addition to NABARD officers, Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the Agriculture Department were present at the meeting. During the meeting, it was thoroughly discussed how to export millet grown by the farmers in the district to other countries.
Purpose Of The Workshop
Mr. BK Jha, Professor at Birsa Agriculture University (BAU), as the keynote speaker at the workshop said that similar kinds of programmes are necessary to increase income levels of farmers and that due to convergence of agencies like APEDA, various departments of the Government, and private agencies, many opportunities have been brought amongst farmers to increase their income. He commanded APEDA to conduct a farmer awareness campaign at the earliest.
As per Mr. BK Jha, Gumla is the hub for millet production in the state of Jharkhand where farmers work hard to grow different types of millets but due to various reasons such as lack of available markets, they are unable to secure a good price for their produce. To improve the economic conditions of the farmers, their crops ought to be sold at the right price and in the right markets.
Further Discussions At The Workshop
Additionally present were representatives from NABARD, DDM, Ravishankar, and the district agriculture officer AK Sinha.
AS per the businesses that came to participate at the workshop to help the farmers, in order to export millets to other countries, care would have to be taken and its quality ought to be improved by adopting newer methods rather than the organic method of production.
Speaking at the event, Ms Suprava, the business development manager for APEDA, explained the program’s goal and noted that the initiative was organised to promote exports from the state. She added that the farmers of Jharkhand are extremely hardworking and that they grow multiple varieties of millets in their fields. She added that farmers are being informed about exporting some of the major crops they grow. Also, she added that APEDA’s primary objective is promotion of agricultural exports of crops grown by the farmers under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
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