Icrisat joins the Assam Millet mission

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) and the Government of Assam have collaborated on climate-resilient and nutritionally enhanced food systems through the Assam Millet Mission. The collaboration is focused on the country’s goal of increasing the cultivation, production, and consumption of the three original millet crops – finger millet, foxtail millet, and prosomilia.   Currently, millet is cultivated in only  6,000 hectares in 15 districts of the northeastern states, which accounts for 97 percent of the state’s millet production.  “As the largest millet producer in the world and the driving force behind the International Year of Millets 2023, India is at the forefront of the millet renaissance. ICRISAT complements Assam’s approach and ambitious thousand consumption goals”, said Jacqueline Hughes, Director General of Icrisat. The collaboration includes the empowerment of stakeholders through extensive training in various areas such as agricultural practices, seed production, and food safety management, and the development and implementation of a strategic plan for marketing and export promotion of millet and millet-based products of Assam.   

They also develop and promote scientifically validated nutritional mille-based recipes,  adapted to local tastes (RTE) and prepared meals (RTC) distributed through various government programs.  Icrisat is also collaborating with  Assam Agricultural University (AAU), private seed companies, and more than 7,000 smallholders to improve millet seeds and related production systems. The Assam Millet Mission (AMM) is part of the World Bank-funded Assam Agriculture and Rural Transformation Project (APART).  Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services (ARIAS) will oversee the project, while Icrisat will provide technical consultancy services to support the AMM  for about 18 months.

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