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Millet Mission Gets Extension

Bhubaneswar: For smooth implementation of the programme, the State Cabinet have approved an estimated budget of Rs. 2808.39 crore for six years (2021-22 to 2026-27)

State Cabinet has cleared the proposal here today said Chief secretary S C Mahapatra.

He said that Special Program for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas of Odisha (Odisha Millets Mission) was launched by Government of Odisha in Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment during 2017 to revive millets in farms.

It emerged from a consultation between Government, Academia (NCDS) and Civil Society Organisations (RRA Network, ASHA Network and local NGOs). It is first of its kind of agriculture programme with priority on increasing consumptions in Odisha.

The programme aims comprehensive revival of millets in farms and plates to promote climate resilient farming and contribute to addressing micronutrient deficiency.

The programme is implemented through WSHGs/FPOs with support of NGOs and research institutions with oversight from the Department of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment.

The programme is supported through State Plan, DMF and OMBADC.

In the first phase of implementation (2017-18), the programme was operational in 30 blocks across seven districts (Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, and Rayagada) and is expanded to another 35 blocks in four districts in toto 55 blocks in 11 districts.

In the second and third phase the programme reached out to 84 blocks in 15 districts. Currently, the Government of Odisha has its area of implementation from 84 blocks in 15 districts to 142 blocks in 19 Districts from 2022- 23 onwards.