Introduction – Inviting Songs on Millets for International Year of Millets 2023:
Millets are collective group of small seeded annual grasses that are grown as grain crops, primarily on marginal land in dry areas of temperate, subtropical and tropical regions. Climate Resilient Millets are grown in 131 countries. It is an ancient food grain with the first plant domesticated for food, the earliest evidence of which is found in Indus civilization dating back to 3000 BC. Millets are traditional food for 59 crore people in Asia & Africa.
Millets are coarse grains and a repository of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They include sorghum (Jowar), pearl millet (Bajra), finger millet (Ragi/Mandua) and small millets viz; little millet (Kutki), kodo millet (Kodo), barnyard millet (Sawa/Jhangora), foxtail millet (Kangni/Kakun), proso millet (Cheena) all together comes under Millets which is now called as ‘Nutri-Cereals’ due to their high nutritive value.
Events: IYoM- 2023
The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by India and supported by more than 70 countries, declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The resolution is intended to increase public awareness on the health benefits of millets and their suitability for cultivation under tough conditions marked by climate change. Ministry of Agriculture & Famers Welfare would be the nodal ministry for International Year of Millet (IYoM)-2023 celebrations. ln fact, India is now taking the lead in popularizing the theme in a strong manner at the international level through various campaigns.
Accordingly, showcasing the importance of millets and creating awareness in the masses towards it, MyGov along with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare is organizing a contest inviting songs on the importance of millets.
For the contest, the participant should upload their entry as a high-quality audio file to any media platform such as SoundCloud, YouTube, Dropbox etc. and share the link in the submission box.
Prize / Rewards Details:
The winning entry will be awarded cash/cheque prizes:
• 1st Prize- 1,00000/-
• 2nd Prize- 50,000/-
• 3rd Prize- 25,000/-
Click here for Terms & Conditions. (PDF-125 KB)
The Last day of submission is 30th April 2022.