2018 as year of millets

On the opening day of the International Trade Fair on Organics and Millets, which is underway in Bengaluru, the government of India declared 2018 as the year of millets, just as the cereal crop gained prominence as a staple and nutritious diet across sections of the society.

Sadananda Gowda, minister of statistics and programme implementation, government of India, made the declaration at the opening ceremony of the three- day event, which concluded on January 21, 2018.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and state agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda emphasised their efforts to promote organic crops.