• International Year of Millets (IYoM) : 2023

need to promote sustainable food systems that foster diversified, balanced and healthy diets that include a variety of foods.

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Millets were earlier promoted during 2011-12 to 2013-14 under the programme of Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millets Promotion (INSIMP) – as a sub scheme of RKVY and later on merged as component of National Food Security Mission (NFSM) as NFSM-Coarse Cereals from 2014-15. A Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI AAyog in respect of "Introduction of Millets under PDS to provide Nutritional Support” and a meeting of the committee was held on 13th October, 2017 in NITI Aayog. After deliberations, the following decisions were taken by DA & FW: Millets viz. Jowar, Bajra and Ragi need to be promoted through PDS cross the country to improve nutritional content in diet of masses. Instead of calling them coarse grains, millets should be positioned as Nutri Cereals and their benefits need to be popularized amongst masses through sustained and effective campaign and research needs to be done to develop high yielding varieties and also varieties with longer shelf life.

Grows with minimal fertilizers & pesticides

Nutritious food, feed/ fodder, biofuels, brewing.

Survive with less water

Eaten in many forms

A Sub-Mission on National Food Security Mission – Nutri Cereals comprising sorghum (Jowar), pearl millet (Bajra), finger millet (Ragi/Mandua) and small millets viz; little millet (Kutki), kodo millet (Kodo), barnyard millet (Sawa/Jhangora), foxtail millet (Kangni/Kakun), proso millet (Cheena) is implemented from the year 2018-19 in 212 districts of 14 states. The North Eastern States, Himachal Pradesh and UT of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have been given flexibility to implement programme on nutri-cereals.

India declared 2018 as National Year for Millets to promote millets for nutrition security. NFSM-Nutri Cereals a sub scheme is under National Food Security Mission.

  • Sorghum (Jowar)
  • Pearl Millet(Bajra)
  • Finger Millet (Ragi/Mandua)
  • Little Millet (Kutki)
  • kodo millet (Kodo)
  • barnyard millet (Sawa/Jhangora)
  • foxtail millet (Kangni/Kakun)
  • proso millet (Cheena)

Total Nutricereals Seed Hub : 25   Details>>


FOXTAIL MILLET contains about 12.3% protein, 4.3% fat, 60.9% carbohydrates and about 3.3% minerals



Bajra contains about 11.6% protein, 5% fat, 67.5% carbohydrates and about 2.3% minerals



Kodo Millet contains about 8.3% protein, 1.4% fat, 65.9% carbohydrates and about 2.6% minerals



Finger Millet contains about 7.3% protein, 1.3% fat, 72.0% carbohydrates and about 2.7% minerals



Sorghum contains about 10.4% protein, 1.9% fat, 72.6% carbohydrates and about 1.6% minerals



Proso Millet contains about 12.5% protein, 1.1% fat, 70.4% carbohydrates and about 1.9% minerals


United Nations, General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution, sponsored by India and supported by more than 70 countries declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The resolution is intended to increase public awareness on the health benefits of millets and their stability for cultivation under tough conditions marked by climate change.
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is the nodal for International Year of Millets (IYoM)-2023 celebrations. In fact, India is now taking lead and popularizing the theme at the National and International level through various campaigns. India to emerge as a Global hub for Millets.
IIMR coordinates and facilitates Millets research at national level through All India Coordinated Research Projects on Millets, Pearl Millet and Small Millets and provides linkages with various national and international agencies.