Mission to bring back millets on your plate
Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) has been at the forefront of the organic farming movement in Punjab. For the past 16 years, KVM has envisioned and executed a diverse set of projects in the fields of safe food, holistic health & revival of Millets.
Recognizing the pressing need to have an alternative model of sustainable agriculture for the state of Punjab, KVM is launching its initiative to recognize and celebrate the International Year of the Millets 2023.
Kheti Virasat Mission firmly believes that a revival of this miracle grain will have a positive impact on the soil, health and water crisis faced by Punjab.
The Millet cultivation goes far back in time when Wheat and Rice occupied a very small percentage of the total cultivation area. Kodra, Swank, Kangni, Kutki, Ragi, Bajra, Jowar were the prevalent crops of Punjab and Haryana. The ‘Green Revolution’ wiped out these climate smart crops and replaced them with water intensive paddy.
Paddy cultivation has brought nothing but disaster for the state of Punjab and it is time to implement an alternate farming model, and how the cultivation of Millets provides that alternative. A climate smart drought weather crop, Millets can easily grow in Punjab’s Kharif / monsoon season. No pesticides are required to grow these crops and they can be grown in all different types of soils.
Dr. Khadar Vali, also known as the Millet Man of India, named this a Miracle grain, which are recognized for their ability to nourish and heal the body. Containing large amounts of fiber, minerals and protein, these grains are a powerhouse of nutrition. Dr. Khadar also devised a special Millets diet which can cure and manage prevalent lifestyle diseases e.g. Diabetes, Blood Sugar, Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism among others.
KVM will devise and execute programs under the following three categories:
KVM will engage with civil society to make people aware about the importance of Millets.
KVM will help build and promote the supply chain to bring millets of Punjab in the retail market.
Collaborations with the state and central governments will also be explored to implement various programs under the International Year of the Millets 2023.
Dr. Khadar Vali will tour Punjab giving lectures and interacting with the public, health experts, and farmers to spread the message of adopting Millets in our diet.
Looking forward to your participation...