Emergene’s focused area for the future in millets is due to the prominence of millets in the current diet. We are aiming to develop a backend for millets production through a network of farmers and our inputs. Our aim is to continue this to create a sustainable brand in millets and their value-adds.
Millets Promotion Services in Hyderabad
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Yesterday’s coarse grains are today’s Nutri-cereals. If consumers see millets as a solution to lifestyle disorders, producers have realised that it requires fewer inputs and is an economically viable option if marketing avenues are created. Marking a major policy shift, the Centre and many states have decided to promote millets.
These Nutrient-rich grains are making a quick comeback in the Indian agrarian landscape after decades of institutional neglect. Development agencies and farmers ignored these cereals in favour of rice, wheat and other crops such as oilseeds and pulses. Millets can grow in poor soil conditions with less water, fertiliser and pesticides. They can withstand higher temperatures, making them the perfect choice as ‘climate-smart’ cereals.
Millets are grown in about 21 States. There is major impetus in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. We are trying to promote millets in other states such as Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland because millets are major staple diet for the tribes in those regions.
We make an attempt to map the Institutional Arrangements in the area of education and training for agriculture and understand how women in agriculture could harness more from the present structure, enhance their skills and therefore prove to be more productive in their work. In this effort, we look at the existing structure in general and therefore identify areas where women could also join hands.
Specifically, in the agricultural sector, women are being empowered to play an integral part of the agricultural workforce and thus they constitute a huge number. At the same time, gender inequality is a major development issue across all the developing countries in general and India in particular. It is estimated that 43 % of the world’s farmers are women.
The FAO during 2011 had reported as part of its global farm status study that, if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by 20 -30% and reduce the hunger in the world by 12-17%. This holds true for India as well with the fact that women represent nearly 30% of the cultivators and almost half the agricultural labour force in India.