FAO Council also approves India’s membership to the Executive Board of the UN World Food Program

Besides approving India’s membership to the Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) for 2020 and 2021, the Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) Council gave green signal to India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023

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New Delhi: The 160th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council, recently held in Rome, has approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023. In addition, the FAO Council also approved India’s membership to the Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) for 2020 and 2021.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr Radha Mohan Singh conveyed his gratitude to the member countries who voiced their support in the favour of India. He added that this will enhance global awareness to bring back these nutri-cereals to the plate, for food and nutrition security and hence increase production for resilience to challenges posed globally by climate change.

The Minister said that in the Modi regime, India’s prowess in agriculture diplomacy has grown. This international endorsement comes in the backdrop of India celebrating 2018 as the National Year of Millets for promoting cultivation and consumption of these nutri-cereals. This is further supported by increase in Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of millets.

Millets consists of Jowar, Bajra, Ragi and minor millets together termed as nutri-cereals. The MSP of Jowar has been increased to Rs 2450 per quintal from Rs 1725, Bajra to Rs 1950 from Rs 1425 and Ragi to Rs 2897 from Rs 1900 per quintal from 2018-19. Through the Department of Food and Public Distribution, State Governments are allowed to procure jowar, bajra, maize and ragi from farmers at MSP.