Thiruvananthapuram: In a significant development, Union Minister V. Muraleedharan revealed that the G-20 meetings this year will focus on fostering the widespread adoption of small grains. Through the provision of small grain meals, organizing small grain fairs, and distributing small grain snacks, efforts are being made to encourage the extensive utilization of these grains. This announcement was made during the inauguration of Annam The Millet Shop, a commendable initiative established by the Center for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA), located at Kuravankonam in Thiruvananthapuram. The G-20 summit serves as an ideal platform to raise awareness about small grain crops. Deliberations with small grain farmers have been initiated as part of the summit, aiming to highlight the significance of these crops. Notably, distinguished guests attending the G-20 heads of state meeting will be served dishes such as ragi dosa and jowar uppuma, exemplifying the diverse culinary possibilities with small grains. Ward Councilor Shyam Kumar, CISSA General Secretary Dr. C. Suresh Kumar, CISSA Millet Initiative Chairman Dr.Anil S Pillai and Ajith Venniyur also spoke at the occasion.
With small grains gaining international recognition, the timing of this initiative in the capital city holds great promise. The central government is currently making concerted efforts to bolster domestic consumption and enhance the branding of small grain products on both national and international fronts. Through these endeavors, producers and consumers alike are being sensitized to the importance and utilization of small grains. The growing emphasis on personal health and well-being among individuals further augments the market demand for millets and other small grains, he added The CISSA Annam The Millet Shop, situated at Kuravankonam, Thiruvananthapuram, serves as a one-stop destination for a wide array of superior-quality grains, grain powders, value-added products, delectable grain-based delicacies, and beverages. Its diverse selection includes nutrient-rich varieties such as Mani Cholam, Bajra, Koovarak, Thina, Varak, Chama, and Kavada Pullu, which play a crucial role in combating lifestyle diseases and contributing to a well-balanced diet.