Programme Area



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.

Major objectives of the programme are:-

  • Inclusion of Millets in State Nutrition programmes such as ICDS, MDM, ITDA Welfare Hostels and eventually in PDS.

  • Increasing Household consumption by setting up decentralized processing units at panchayat and block level.

  • Improving productivity through improved agronomic practices and organic inputs.

  • Increased availability of millet seeds through community managed/community owned seed centres with focus on local varieties.

  • Strengthening of Farmer Co operatives / Farmer Producers Organisations for better marketing of millets.

The programme may expand in future to other districts. The programme design is conceived considering their geographical, agro-ecological and cultural realities.