Chennai, January 23, 2018: Millets which are best described as Climate Smart Nutri-cereals did not receive much attention until now, since they were classified as coarse grains. Fortunately the government of India has proposed a Millet Mission involving an outlay of 800 crore. To be successful, this mission should take into consideration the following four areas in an integrated manner.
* Production of millet germplasm through community participation thereby stopping genetic erosion
* Processing of millets using organic farming methods
* Pricing of millets in programmes like the school noon-meal programme
* Enlarging the opportunities for Procurement both nationally and internationally.
Thus conservation, cultivation, consumption and commerce should be the four pillars of the millet mission if it is to yield the desired result.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.