- Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has launched a variety of millet products for all age groups at affordable prices.
- Ready-to-Eat millet food products like Upma, Pongal, Khichadi, Noodles and Biryani launched at affordable prices ranging from five to fifteen rupees at the AAHAR food fair in New Delhi.
AAHAR food fair
- AAHAR is Asia’s biggest B2B international food and hospitality fair.
- AAHAR is a part of the series of export promotion initiatives taken by APEDA, which works under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to showcase agricultural and processed food products to the global players in the food and beverages industry as the fair is visited by a large number of importers from different parts of the world.
- The 36th edition of AAHAR was jointly organized by APEDA and the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) at Pragati Maidan.
- To promote agricultural products APEDA put on display 33 GI agricultural products at AAHAR.
- The first day of the fair was April 26th, 2022 and last day was April 30th, 2022.
- This event provides visitors and participants with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop new business leads.
- This fair also aids in the efficient and successful marketing of the country’s dynamic rising market.
- Theme – ‘To promote GI products for export’.
- The APEDA also released two booklets which include a catalogue on Agri and Food GI products (APEDA scheduled) and a brochure on Indian GI mangoes.
- Notably, more than 150 food and agri Products have been registered as GI by the GI Registry till March 2022, out of which 123 GI products fall under APEDA’s category.
What has APEDA launched at AAHAR Food Fair?
- APEDA has launched a variety of “Millet in Minutes” products under the category of Ready-to-Eat(RTE) such as Upma, Pongal, Khichadi, Noodles, Biryani, etc.
- This is the first RTE millet product in the market to cater the fast-paced world at their convenience in a healthy way.
- The millets are a rich source of protein, fibre, minerals, iron, calcium and have a low glycemic index.
- Millets are often referred to as Superfood and its production can be seen as an approach for sustainable agriculture and a healthy world.
- Multidimensional benefits associated with millets can address the issues related to nutrition security, food systems security, and farmers’ welfare.
- The key varieties of millets include Sorghum, Pearl Millet, Ragi, Small Millet, Foxtail Millet, Barnyard Millet, Kodo Millet and others.
- Major producers include Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana.
Display of GI Products
- APEDA has put on display Geographical Indication(GI) agricultural products at AAHAR.
- The products include:
- Punjab – Basmati Rice,
- Karnataka – Gulbarga Tur Dal,
- Maharashtra – Sangli Raisin, Kolhapur Jaggery,
- Manipur – Chak-Hao and Kachai Lemon,
- Mizoram – Ginger and Chili,
- Sikkim – Large Cardamom,
- Kerala – Navara Rice, Pokkali Rice, Kaipad Rice,
- Himachal Pradesh – Kala Jeera, Chulli Oil,
- West Bengal – Gobindobhog Rice, Tulaipanji Rice, Banglar Rasgulla,
- Rajasthan – Bikaneri Bhujia and
- Odisha – Kandhamal Haladi.
- Millets can also help in tackling health challenges such as obesity, diabetes and lifestyle problems as they are gluten-free, have a low glycemic index and are high in dietary fibre and antioxidants.
- Millets are Nutri-cereals that are highly nutritious and known to have high nutrient content which includes protein, essential fatty acids, dietary fibre, B-Vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium.
- It can provide nutritional security and protect against nutritional deficiency, especially among children and women.
Government Efforts to Promote Millets Production
- The Union Agriculture Ministry, in April 2018, declared millets as “Nutri-Cereals”, considering their “high nutritive value” and also “anti-diabetic properties”.
- The Government of India’s Millet Mission comes under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), launched in October 2007.
- The Centre’s Millet Mission will focus on developing farm-gate processing and empowering farmers through collectives while focusing on value-addition and aggregation of the produce.
How millet production can empower women farmers??
- Millet farming directly results in preserving and conserving biodiversity. This is one reason why women farmers, with their ecological acumen and their close association with climate protection, are best suited to be ambassadors of millet cultivation.
2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’
- The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution initiated by India with Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal to mark 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’.
- This move will help bring global attention on millets, which are nutritionally and ecologically essential and considered beneficial traditional crops.
Which type of farming is practiced in areas of high population pressure on land?
- Extensive subsistence farming
- Commercial Farming
- Primitive subsistence farming
- Intensive subsistence farming