India showcases organic food and millets at Expo Dubai 2020 | Latest India News

India is promoting itself as a food and agriculture investment destination, launching a food, agriculture and livelihoods fortnight at the India Pavilion at Expo2020 on Friday , in Dubai, with the aim of attracting high-end cultivation technologies and promoting Indian millet and organic agricultural products. in world markets.

The Indian contingent present at the event included Agriculture Ministry Additional Secretary Abhilaksh Likhi, Joint Secretary Shubha Thakur and several representatives from food, hospitality and agricultural businesses.

At the event, the country will focus on promoting millet, with India playing a key role in passing a UN resolution to declare 2023 the International Year of Millet. The country also aims to open up Indian organic food products to global markets as well as agricultural technologies based on drones, artificial intelligence and big data, an official said.

The recent Union budget 2022-2023 also proposed special diets to promote millet or coarse grains – key ingredients in the breakfast cereals, biscuits and healthy snacks segments. Millet is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

India cultivates a wide variety of millets, which are mainly grown by smallholder farmers in states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka. These include major millets such as sorghum (jowar), pearl millet and millet (ragi), except for six minor crops such as foxtail, barnyard, proso, brown top and kodo.

An official statement says the Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Fortnight, to be held from February 17 to March 2, will feature sessions on the key topics of millet, food processing, horticulture, dairy products, fishing and organic farming.

“Indian farmers produce food that not only supports India, but also ensures food security for the world. Millet is an important area for us, and we would like to use this global platform to learn more about the health and nutrition aspects of millet and bring back the glory of millet,” Assistant Secretary Shubha Thakur said in the statement. .


    Zia Haq reports on public policy, economics and agriculture. Particularly interested in development economics and growth theories.
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