India Millet Initiative is trying to bring efficiency in the entire millet supply-chain for better millet production, processing and distribution. We promote millets for several good reasons. Millet consumption is always considered a healthy food of the population. It helps in reducing malnutrition, anaemia, type 2 diabetics, obesity, certain type of cancers and stomach constipation.Learn More
We are working with producers, processors and buyers and fully dedicated to the growth of the millet sector. As an organisation, we would like to save the interests of the growers, bring efficiency in the backward and forward supply-chain by removing the challenges of supply-side and demand side factors. We are working on innovative pathways for high-quality seed varieties....Learn More
Protein, dietary fibre, iron and calcium contents in millet are 2-10 times higher than staple cereals including wheat and rice. Therefore, it is always good to consume millet-based foods which are rich in nutrients and have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties.
Millets are often the only crops that can grow in arid regions, requiring only 300– 400 mm of water compared to 1400–1500 mm for rice cultivation and 1900-2000 mm for sugar cane.
Millets are the carbon neutral crops by virtue of carbon absorption from the environment equivalent to their carbon emissions of 0.1–0.2 CO2eq kg per kg of production, compared to 0.4 CO2eq kg per kg of rice production and 0.35 CO2eq kg per kg of wheat production.
Millet is a short-duration crop that is good for a farmer. Millet is known as an efficient crop that takes only 60–90 days to mature while other fine cereals need 100–140 days. Millets are efficient in utilizing the available nutrients and also respond well to improved farm conditions and additional application of inputs, and result in increased yields up to 3-fold.
Millets are the hardiest, most resilient, and climate-adaptable crops in harsh, hot (up to 64 degrees Celsius) and drought environments. They are often last standing crops in drought seasons and will be the sustainable future food source amidst worsening climatic conditions. Millets are known to be the most secure crop for small farmers.
Wheat and rice will not be sufficient to achieve our Zero Hunger Goal. Millet contains a lot more nutritional value than rice and wheat which can be able to fulfil our hunger for nutrition. Millet releases sugar very slowly in comparison with rice and wheat. Sugar dissolves with blood after a long time of eating, so you will not get hungry frequently.
“Gratitude to all the nations who initiated and co-sponsored the resolution on International Year of millets at the UN”
“Millet is rich in proteins and micronutrients like iron and vitamins. Therefore, from the zero-hunger point of view, there is a worldwide feeling that millet needs to be revived.”