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About the programme

Traditionally the highly nutritious millets formed a substantial part of the diets and the cropping system in the tribal areas of Odisha. Millets require less water and are more resilient to climate vulnerability. They are also cultivable in undulating terrain. Paddy gaining prominence in the Public Distribution System (PDS) has resulted in reduced consumption of millets, resulting in extreme cases of nutritional deficiency. It has also led to unsustainable cropping systems increasing the demand for water. Millets are the answer to address both increased crop failures and nutritional deficiency and need to be revived.

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Millet Recipes

Pearl Millet Pesarattu

Pearl Millet Pesara

Flat crepes or pancakes go by many names in India, and can be both sweet and savory. They’re mostl...

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Pearl Millet Khichdi

Pearl Millet Khichd

Today's recipe has been on my to-make list since the last mega marathon we had in April. Bajra/ Pear...

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Pearl Millet Pakoda

Pearl Millet Pakoda

Make something different with the Bajra (Pearl Millet) grains. So how about some healthy and yummy p...

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Barnyard Millet Spring Onion Dosa

Barnyard Millet Spr

Spring Onion Millet Dosa is an aromatic and tasty dosa from Karnataka. Scallion, salad onion, green ...

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Barnyard Millet Roti

Barnyard Millet Rot

Barnyard millet is popularly consumed as rice, the following recipe describes procedure to make roti...

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Barnyard Millet Cutlet

Barnyard Millet Cut

Millet Cutlets/Patties is a simple and healthy dish that can be had for lunch, as a tea time snack, ...

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Little Millet Urad Dal Dosa

Little Millet Urad

Little millet also known as small millet are certainly very versatile, you can make variety of foods...

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Little Millet Tomato Rice

Little Millet Tomat

Little Millet Tomato Rice Recipe is a delicious way of cooking the little millets flavoured with spi...

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Little Millet Curd Rice

Little Millet Curd

Little millet curd rice is another simple dish that can be prepared with little millet. I already sh...

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Little Millet Salad

Little Millet Salad

Little Millet Salad combines the traditional flavors of a green salad with the healthy ancient grain...

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Why Millets

Nutritional benefits

Nutritional Benefits

Highly nutritious and rich in Vitamin B, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc etc...

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Agri Benefits

Agricultural Benefits

More resilient to climate vulnerabilities and droughts.

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Area Benefits

Area Benefits

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

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Consumer Benefits

Consumer Benefits

Buoyant prices following increasing consumer demand.

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Economic Benefits

Economic Benefits

Potential for tribal and rainfed areas becoming millet-hubs and lead the grain economy.

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A nostalgic ladle

I grew up in Hosur. My family grew millets and I grew up eating them I was also fascinated by the charm...

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Millet Mission Updates


GoI asks states to learn from Odisha Millet Mission (OMM) Model

The National Mission on Nutri Cereals was launched during the National Workshop on Nutri Cereals at Pune on 28th September 2018. It was launched by Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Agriculture Minister, GoI.

Expression of Interest

Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas (2nd Phase)