Divisional-level training on millets, nutri-cereals held

Srinagar: Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhury Mohammed Iqbal on Monday inaugurated divisional-level training cum orientation programme on the promotion of millets & nutri-cereals in J&K UT under holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors at agriculture complex Lalmandi here.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the training programme, the Director Agriculture underlined the importance of millets and nutri-cereals to the overall agri-food ecosystem. He said the year 2023 has been declared by the United Nations as the international year of the millet.
The Director Agriculture said that climate change is expected to negatively impact crop yield globally. He said that growing water use and raising temperature are the major factors that would impact many agriculture areas by 2025. “Considering all these and other factors, millets could be the best option that could help us to face the challenges confronting,” he said.
Iqbal said that all cereals are rich sources of carbohydrates but millets also come with more protein, dietary fiber, iron and calcium content than rice and wheat. “Now these coarse grains are known as nutria cereals and steps are being taken by the department to increase awareness among the farmers and ensure more and more area under their (nutri cereals) cultivation,” he said.

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