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    PM Modi says, India is honoured to be at the forefront of popularising Millets; India sponsored UN resolution on International Year of Millets 2023 adopted by consensus in UNGA

    Published on March 4, 2021

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed gratitude to all the nations who initiated and co-sponsored the resolution on International Year of Millets at the United Nations. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, India is honoured to be at the forefront of popularising Millets, whose consumption furthers nutrition, food security and welfare of farmers.

    He said, it also offers research and innovation opportunities for agriculture scientists and start-up communities.

    The Prime Minister said, the distinguished delegates were also served delicious Millet Murukku. Mr Modi said, this is one snack he also relished and urged everyone to try it as well.

    India sponsored UN resolution on International Year of Millets 2023 was adopted yesterday by consensus in the United Nations General Assembly.

    India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations T. S. Tirumurti thanked all co-sponsors especially Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal and all Member States of UN for their strong support.

    The 193-member UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted the resolution sponsored by India, declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets, aimed at raising awareness about the health benefits of the grain.

    The resolution considers the urgent need to raise awareness of the climate-resilient and nutritional benefits of millets and to advocate for diversified, balanced and healthy diets through the increased sustainable production and consumption of millets.

    It also recognises the vast genetic diversity of millets and their adaptive capacities to a range of production environments. U.N. Member States lauded India for the initiative and its leadership in facilitating negotiations on the resolution