Goyal calls for exploration of newer international and domestic markets for millets

India must strive to become the global capital of millets: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Piyush Goyal said that India must strive to become the global capital of millets. He was addressing the gathering at the ‘Millets-Smart Nutritive Food’ Conclave in New Delhi on 5th December.

The Minister said that the Millets-Smart Nutritive Food Conclave and the first international buyer-seller meet on millets being held on the side-lines of the Conclave would help prepare the country for the ‘International Year of Millets 2023’. He added that UN has accepted 2023 to be the international year of millets at India’s request which was endorsed by over 70 countries.

The Minister called for many international buyer-seller meets, food festivals, culinary competitions around millets and opined that millets could also be made a part of the mid-day meal programme.

The Minister pointed out that there were around 250 startups being supported by the Centre working on millets and that Indian Institute of Millets Research has been incubating startups on millets and suggested that the Indian Institute of Packaging could be roped in to innovate and improve packaging of millets and millet products.

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