Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas
"Reviving Millets in Farms and on Plates"



The nutritious millets traditionally occupied substantial part of the diets and crop systems in tribal areas of Odisha. Millets require less water and are more resilient to climate vulnerability. They can also be cultivated on the undulating and change and be cultivated even in undulating terrain. Reduction in millets resulted in nutrition deficiency. It led to unsustainable cropping systems increasing demand on water. In order to address growing crop failures and nutritional issues, millets need to be revived. To revive the millets, a flagship programme called "Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas" has been launched by Department of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Odisha. Programme intends to revive millets in rainfed farming systems and household consumption.

Expression of Interest (EoI) for Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas in Odisha


Nutritious can potentially contribute to nutritional security


More resilient to climate vulnerabilities and droughts


Can be cultivated under rainfed situations across the state i.e. "without additional demand on irrigation"


Buoyant prices following increasing consumer demand


Potential for tribal and rainfed areas becoming Millet-Hubs and lead the grain economy


Millets can be cooked as we make rice and serve with dal, sambar, rasam or any curry of our choice. We can also make various dosa, idli, upma, pongal, pulao, sweets from millets.

We can also be use in baking. Some millet recipes under this project so we can include millets in our diet in more exciting way. 

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More about these millets.

Government of Odisha launches Pilot Programme to include Millets in ICDS

Venue: MOhana Block, Gajapati district, Odisha | December 20, 2017
Government of Odisha has launched Millet Mission to revive millets in plates and farms in the 7 tribal districts of Odisha. One of the objectives of the programme is to explore inclusion of millets in state nutrition programmes such as ICDS, MDM and PDS. As part of the initiative, first pilot programme on inclusion of millets in ICDS was launched in 10 AWCs in Chandiput GP, Mohana Block in Gajapati district on 20.12.2017. This event was conducted under the guidance of Women & Child Development Department and Agriculture Department. The project will be implemented by Anganwadi workers and helpers. Funding is being provided through state plan 2017-18 through Millet Mission initiative. WASSAN and NCDS is provided the design and technical supportfor the initiative. Field level supported is provided by SACAL NGO.

December 23 2017 (Farmerís / Kishan Day)

The Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas (Millet Mission Odisha) has won the SKOCH Award 2017 - Silver and SKOCH Order-of-Merit. These were conferred at the 50th SKOCH summit held at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, 20-21 December 2017..

Interview with Samara Khilo on his farm adopting LT Method
Filmed by Prakash Mallick, DPC, Millet Mission, Malkangir @ at K. Atalguda Village of Khairput Block in Malkangiri Districti

Samara Khilo is the farmer who has adopted LT Method for the first time in his life. He is very happy with LT Method. He used to get 2 quintals of Ragi from Broadcasting method every year. This year he is expecting more than 5 quintals from LT Method. He has followed packages of practices (PoP), and he wants to adopt LT Method in the coming kharif season as well.

@ 2017 - Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas, Department of Agriculture and Food Production (Government of Odisha) and NCDS & WASSAN