Monday, June 24, 2013

EFFORTS ON TO REVIVE MINOR MILLETS IN BARGARH DISTTuesday, 25 June 2013 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

EFFORTS ON TO REVIVE MINOR MILLETS IN BARGARH DIST
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Farmers of Gaisillet and Paikmaal blocks in Padmapur sub-division of Bargarh district are now all set for cultivation of minor millets. The minor millets had been losing their popularity and virtually had vanished due to lack of promotion by the Government.
“We want to revive and promote minor millet in Gaisillet block and provide the farmers healthy and nutritious food,” says Siba Sahu of Ahimsha Club of Padampur. The club has been taking special initiatives for the revival of the millets.
“We have distributed Kudo, Mandia, Suuan Kango, Gurjee and Kandul seeds in Bhutibahal, Nathapali, Lebdi, Dangbahal, Jalpat and other villages in Gaisilet block among 200 farmers between June 10 and 12 with support from  Millets Network India (MINI) and have taken up steps to revive and promote minor millets cultivation in 10 villages of the district,” asserts Sahu.
He continues, “We have formed a committee of women farmers on minor millets to monitor the progress of the cultivation. Farmers have taken up minor millets cultivation in their fields with another crop like ground nut.”
“I have taken up mixed minor millets cultivation in my field. The cultivation of these crops is becoming extinct from our area but of late due to the special effort by the members of the Ahinsha Club, minor millets will again take the centre stage. The major benefit of the consumption of minor millets is that it tackles the problem of malnutrition,” says Mohan Putel, a farmer of Bhuti Bahal village.
Moreover, women have also come forward to revive the minor millets. They have formed a committee and demanded that minor millets be given to women and chidren through Anganwadi/ICDS for their better health.
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