Millets in India

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Millets in India
Millets in India

Millets in India

Millets are a group of small-seeded grasses that have been cultivated in various parts of the world for thousands of years. In India, millets have been an integral part of traditional diets for centuries. They are known for their nutritional benefits, resilience in diverse climatic conditions, and low water requirements. With the aim to create awareness and increase production and consumption of millets, United Nations at the behest of the Government of India, declared 2023 the international year Millets. MyGov is hosting various interactive around Millets. Some of the commonly cultivated millets in India include:

  1. Pearl Millet (Bajra): Pearl millet is a widely grown millet in India, especially in the arid and semi-arid regions. It is a staple food in states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Haryana.

  2. Finger Millet (Ragi): Finger millet is popular in Southern India, particularly in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. It is known for its high nutritional content, including calcium and iron.

  3. Foxtail Millet (Kangni): Foxtail millet is grown in states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Odisha. It is known for its drought resistance and is used in various culinary preparations.

  4. Little Millet (Kutki): Little millet is cultivated in various parts of India, including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. It is often used in the preparation of upma, dosa, and other dishes.

  5. Barnyard Millet (Sanwa): Barnyard millet is commonly grown in hilly regions and is consumed in states like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jharkhand.

  6. Kodo Millet (Kodon or Varagu): Kodo millet is cultivated in states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. It is used in the preparation of various dishes like dosa, idli, and porridge.

  7. Proso Millet (Cheena or Barri): Proso millet is grown in some parts of India, particularly in the hilly regions. It is known for its short growing season.

  8. Sorghum (Jowar): While sorghum is often classified as a grain rather than a millet, it is an important cereal crop in India. It is grown in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.

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