Bhubaneswar: The state government has decided to extend the Millet Mission to all 30 districts of Odisha, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of Millet Divas (Mandia Divas) here today.
“The state government will spend Rs 2,800 crore in Millet Mission in five years. Now, around 2 lakh farmers, 82 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and 1,200 Mission Shakti groups have been included in the mission. The numbers will go up significantly in the coming days,” added the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister claimed that Odisha’s Millet Mission has attracted the attention of the whole world and the programme has received appreciation from the United Nations.
“The Millet Mission of Odisha has become an example for other states in the country. Nutrition has a significant role in the economic development of the country. The state government has decided to celebrate November 10 as Millet Divas in Odisha,” said the Chief Minister.
According to the Chief Minister, millet is a nutritious food for people from all age groups. The Millet Mission of the state government is benefitting the small farmers and tribal people, claimed the Chief Minister.
Notably, the state government has launched the Odisha Millet Mission in 2017 to boost the production of millet (locally known as Mandia) and improve the economic condition of the small and marginal farmers. The mission is now being implemented in 87 blocks of 15 districts in Odisha.