The Embassy of India in Kathmandu organized an event to celebrate the International Year of Millets to raise awareness of the multiple benefits of millets, from nutrition and health to environmental sustainability and economic development. Ambassador of India to Nepal Naveen Srivastava, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Dr Beduram Bhusal and FAO Country Representative for Bhutan and Nepal Ken Shimizu addressed the event.
Prizes were also distributed for the winners of the Photo Challenge that was conducted by the Embassy preceding the event, and for which a number of entries were received from people from across Nepal showcasing how they were celebrating the International Year of Millets. Soon Nepalese delegation will be sent to Kurushetra for learning best practices
An exhibition of six varieties of millets was displayed at the event. Farmers and business houses spoke about the importance of millets or “Shree Anna” for food security and India-Nepal collaboration in areas such as natural farming.
Dr Shyam Babu Yadav, President of the Ayurveda Doctors Association of Nepal and Ms Nani Shova Shakya, noted Dietician, spoke about the nutritional benefits of millets from the Ayush and nutritional science perspectives, respectively.
Sweta Singh/Kathmandu/ 06.07.2023