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Millets no less nutrient than Quinoa: MINI

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on January 23, 2018

The Millets Network of India (MINI), an umbrella organisation of activists and organisations promoting millets in the country, has said it would be much effective and cheaper to go for millets rather than encouraging the costly crop of quinoa.

Quinoa, a South American grain, is gaining currency in middle-class section in India and is selling here for ₹1,600 a kg.

“Millets, particularly Korra (foxtail millet), match Quinoa in many of the nutritional parameters. Millets require less water and require virtually no power. The government must give incentives for farmers who grow millets. But it is unfortunate that imported crops are getting more importance than the native ones,” PV Satheesh, National Convener of MINI, said.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he said the State governments must take a cue from Karnataka that had announced a bonus of ₹5,000 an acre for millets farmers.

Published on August 03, 2015

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