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Bring millets back to your kitchen for healthy living: Dr Khadar Vali

Solan, September. 20 – The ‘Millet Man of India’ calls for promotion of millets to save water, soil, environment and human health at a Workshop and Kisan Mela, sets tone for strategy on millets in Himachal Pradesh ahead of International Year of Millets-2023

Popularly known as the ‘Millet Man of India’, Dr Khadar Vali called upon the farmers, agriculture scientists and policy makers to promote millets in agriculture to save soil, water, environment and, above all, human health. “Let us bring the millets back to our kitchen, make them an essential part of our staple diet plan and say goodbye to the emerging health problems,” he exhorted.

Internationally acclaimed food and nutrition expert from Mysore, Dr Vali delivered a special lecture on the role of millets in preventive health- Aahar Se Arogya- at a one-day Workshop-cum-Kisan Mela at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni on Monday evening.

The event was organised by the State Project Implementing Unit (SPIU) of Prakritik Kheti Khushaal Kisan Yojana (PK3Y) of Himachal Pradesh government in association with the University. Over 200 farmers from Himachal Pradesh, who have adopted non-chemical, low cost and climate resilient natural farming after the launch of PK3Y in 2018, participated in it along with PK3Y officials from the state, agriculture department officers, agriculture and horticulture scientists and students.

Secretary Agriculture, Rakesh Kanwar, Vice Chancellor, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Professor Rajeshwar Singh Chandel, State Project Director, PK3Y, Naresh Thakur, Director, Agriculture, Dr BR Takhi, Umendra Dutt and Poonam Sharma from Kheti Virasat Mission also attended the Workshop.  The event set the tone for focus on millets in Himachal Pradesh ahead of ‘International Year of Millets-2023’ declared by the United Nations as it was followed by a meeting of the working group of agriculture experts of state to chalk out a strategy for promotion of millets in Himachal Pradesh.

Dr Khadar Vali advocated against growing and eating wheat and rice and asked the farmers to start cultivating the ‘forgotten food’ millets again. “The water required for rice and wheat crops in one year equates with water requirement of millets for 26-30 years. This single reason is good enough for scientists and farmers to have shifted to the cultivation of millets,” he said.

He said it is known that if we want to save soil and check its degradation, we need to plant C4 grasses. “Millets are C4 plants. But on one hand, we are trying to save soil, environment and water, and on the other hand, we are promoting C3 plants like wheat and rice, which are degrading and depleting them. How can we talk about biodiversity without millets?,” he said.

The food and nutrition expert categorically held that the issue has been neglected by the Agriculture Corporate Food Factory Culture, who are controlling the food and food habits. Dr Vali said whether it is glucose imbalance, hormonal imbalance, microbes imbalance, the humans have been facing various health problems with each passing day due to the ‘economic model’ being followed by society.

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