Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Nutrition
Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Small millets, Sorghum, Finger millet
Let’s not forget the quality of food in crisis, millet entrepreneurs speak out
Millet entrepreneurs, Smart Food, Promoting healthy foods, GST exemption, Millet, Mid-day meal schemes, Small and Medium Enterprises
Innovation systems for the Drylands
ICRISAT Happenings 1853-4, 08 May 2020
A recent survey of millet entrepreneurs across India has revealed challenges and areas of intervention for the government including promoting healthy foods, GST exemption, more options for online selling among others, during and post lockdown. The highest priority help the millet entrepreneurs requested both during and post lockdown was for the government to promote and support healthy food, which includes millet. Nearly 80% requested this for post lockdown, some suggesting programs like the government runs for eggs and milk. A few suggestions made for promoting millet and supporting millet enterprises were inclusion of millet in the mid-day meal schemes and allow Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to play a role in providing the food for mid-day meals and to poor sections of the community.