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Odisha is the pioneer State in Millet Mission activities aimed at promotion of millet production

Bhubaneswar:16/10/19: Odisha is the pioneer State in Millet Mission activities aimed at promotion of millet production, consumption and marketing; and, Odisha will be a lead State in upcoming International Year of Millet in 2023. This was told by the experts and dignitaries in National Workshop on Nutri-Cereals inaugurated by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Krushi Bhawan today.

 In his inaugural address Sri Tripathy said, “Odisha Millet Mission was launched in the year 2017 and now it has been extended to 72 blocks in 14 districts in tribal areas. Odisha is also the first State to introduce millets in public distribution system

Presenting key note address to the Seminar Agriculture Production Commissioner, Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra said, ” Odisha Milliet Mission is a unique initiative for revival and promotion of millet production. It has become a model for other States. Government of India has also recommended other states to follow Odisha model”.

Addressing the Workshop Principal Secretary Agriculture & Farmer’s Empowerment Sourav Garg said, ” Odisha Millet Mission is a unique partnership model wherein the Government, academia and civil society have joined together to implement the programmes through farmer  producer organizations.

 Joining the Workshop as Guest of Honour Director, Country Relations of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhi said that millets were climate resilient crops and can be grown under stressed rain-fed conditions.

 The one day workshop was held in 5 sessions including inaugural and valedictory sessions. Deliberations were held on promotion of seed diversity, policy initiatives, challenges in inclusion of millet in PDS, millet marketing & value chain through framers organizations.  There was also experience sharing sessions among farmers and NGOs on agronomic practices. The national level experts and senior officials namely Mr Tomio Shichiri, Country Representative Food and Agriculture Organization of UNO, Principal Secretary Cooperation Women & Child Development Smt Anu Garg,  Dr Pawan Agarwal Vice Chancellor OUAT, Sri Vilas Tonapi Director Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Sri V.V.Yadav,  Secretary Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Odisha, Sri Jagadananda co-founder CYSD addressed different sessions.    Director Agriculture Sri M. Muthu Kumar conducted and coordinated various sessions of the Workshop.

 On this occasion 14 leading millet farmers from different millet growing districts along with representative of the leading NGOs namely Pragati and Pradhan were awarded by the Chief Secretary and other dignitaries.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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