Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme hailed tribal women of Odisha’s Sundargarh district who have emerged as entrepreneurs by cultivating millets.
Terming them ‘Milletpreneurs’, the PM said the women have registered significant income by selling millets-based edibles in the market.
“You must have heard the word entrepreneur, but have you heard Milletpreneurs? Milletpreneurs of Odisha are in the limelight these days. A Self Help Group of about 1500 women of the tribal district Sundargarh is associated with the Odisha Millets Mission. Here women are making everything from millets… to cookies, rasgulla, gulab jamun, and even cakes. Due to their great demand in the market, the income of women is also increasing,” the Prime Minister said.
Notably, Odisha Millets Mission is a flagship programme of Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment, Government of Odisha.
Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas of Odisha (Odisha Millets Mission) was launched by Govt of Odisha in 2017 to revive millets in farms and on plates.
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