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  India s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Thursday that millet has become increasingly important for food security in the context of COVID 19 climate change and conflict Jaishankar made the remarks at the pre launch of India s celebration of International Year of Millet 2023 in New Delhi Millet has increasing relevance in the world today in the context of COVID 19 climate change and conflicts he said during the event jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare and the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Jaishankar stressed that millet was important for food security and international relations COVID 19 was a period that reminded the world of what a pandemic could do to food security he said According to Jaishankar climate change can reduce production and disrupt trade and much more attention should be paid to food security in international relations India s Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the International Year of Millet will provide an opportunity to increase global production efficient processing and better use of crop rotation and promote millet as an important component of the food basket Through this we aim to increase the domestic and global consumption of millet Tomar said The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare is working in mission mode to increase production and consumption of millet in collaboration with other central federal ministries all state governments and other interested organizations Around 100 New Delhi based high commissioners and ambassadors and senior officials from both ministries participated in the event Xinhua
Indian FM says millet increasingly important for food security

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India‘s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Thursday that millet has become increasingly important for food security in the context of COVID-19, climate change and conflict.

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Jaishankar made the remarks at the pre-launch of India’s celebration of “International Year of Millet 2023” in New Delhi.

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“Millet has increasing relevance in the world today in the context of COVID-19, climate change and conflicts,” he said during the event jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare and the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.

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Jaishankar stressed that millet was important for food security and international relations.

“COVID-19 was a period that reminded the world of what a pandemic could do to food security,” he said.

According to Jaishankar, climate change can reduce production and disrupt trade, and much more attention should be paid to food security in international relations.

India’s Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the International Year of Millet will provide an opportunity to increase global production, efficient processing and better use of crop rotation and promote millet as an important component of the food basket.

“Through this, we aim to increase the domestic and global consumption of millet,” Tomar said. “The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare is working in mission mode to increase production and consumption of millet in collaboration with other central (federal) ministries, all state governments and other interested organizations.”

Around 100 New Delhi-based high commissioners and ambassadors and senior officials from both ministries participated in the event. ■

(Xinhua)

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