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India has had a rich diversity in its food and eating habits. The diversity of seasons, soils & culture also reflects in the diversity of grains and cereals that were grown across the length and breadth of the country. Millets are a group of small seeded grasses used as cereals. The Indian sub-continent has had a rich heritage of growing them and until very recently millets formed a very large part of our food basket. Millets were considered the food of the poor due to their ability to grow even in the most marginalised of lands.This was a cereal that could be grown by everyone and eaten by everyone, unlike paddy or wheat which needed more fertile lands and more focus on irrigation and crop management. Millets were also ideal for rain-fed conditions and saline soils.