After Rs 2,808 Cr For Millet Mission, Odisha To Celebrate November 10 As Mandia Diwas
Bhubaneswar: November 10 will be celebrated as Mandia Diwas in Odisha, Agriculture secretary Arabinda Kumar Padhee informed on Friday.
He further said that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved the first Thursday of Margasira month in the Hindu calendar to celebrate the finger millets, the climate-resilient crop with high nutritive values. “The main objective is to promote Mandia as an eco-friendly and healthy food product,” he added.
ମାନ୍ୟବର ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀଂକ ଅନୁମୋଦନ କ୍ରମେ, ଆସନ୍ତା ମାର୍ଗଶୀର ମାସ ପ୍ରଥମ ଗୁରୁବାର ନଭେମ୍ବର ୧୦ ତାରିଖକୁ #ମାଣ୍ଡିଆଦିବସ ଭାବେ ପାଳନ କରିବାକୁ ନିଷ୍ପତ୍ତି ହୋଇଛି । ପରିବେଶ ଓ ସ୍ବାସ୍ଥ୍ୟପାଇଁ ହିତକର ପୁଷ୍ଟିଶସ୍ୟର ବହୁଳ ପ୍ରଚାର ଓ ବ୍ଯବହାର ଏହାର ମୂଳ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ । #MilletsDivas #Odisha
— Arabinda K Padhee (@arvindpadhee) October 7, 2022
Millets are prominently grown in the rainfed regions of Odisha and have played a very important role in the diet of tribal communities.
On August 12, the BJD government approved the second phase of ‘Odisha Millet Mission (OMM)’, which is touted to be the second largest targeted agricultural programme after Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), at an estimated investment of Rs 2808.39 crore over six years from 2021-22 to 2026-27.
The scheme was launched by the state government in 2017 to revive millet in farms and on plates mostly in tribal areas.
These decisions are being seen in the political parties as a move to further strengthen the base of the ruling party among tribals and women ahead of the 2024 twin elections.