New Delhi: In order to promote millets towards the celebration of the International Year of Millets 2023, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (DA&FW), Government of India and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in New Delhi on Monday.
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Both offices will work together to promote millet-based products, keeping in view the initiative of “International Year of Millets (IYOM)-2023” proposed by the Government of India to the United Nations, which is to be celebrated across the world. As India is gearing up to bring millets back on the global map, they will build support and organise, promote, market and forge effective market linkages for millet-based products to maximise the value capture and millet-based commodities across the country, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare said in a statement.
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DA&FW and NAFED will collaborate in critical areas like facilitating advisory support to manufacturers and processors of millet-based products to develop value-added millet-based commodities; on-boarding of startups, inclusive of startups empanelled with ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR); formation of farmer producer organisations (FPOs) specifically for developing a range of millet-based products; promote and market millet-based products through the network of NAFED Bazaar stores and other institutions linked with NAFED as well as installation of millet based vending machines at various locations across Delhi-NCR; and dispensing millet-based products that shall assist in establishing the focus on millet-based commodities, the ministry of further said.
In frame: Shubha Thakur, Joint Secretary (Crops), Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Rajbir Singh Panwar, MD, NAFED while signing the MoU.