India: J&K Govt's Innovative Food Stand Delights Delegates at G20 Conference in Srinagar
India: J&K Govt's Innovative Food Stand Delights Delegates at G20 Conference in Srinagar || Picture Courtesy: Google

Jammu and Kashmir, India: During the G20 conference in Srinagar, the Jammu and Kashmir government set up a unique food stand called the “Jammu Kashmir Rural Livelihood Mission (JKRLM) Millet Hub” for foreign delegates.

The third G20 Working Group Meeting is now taking place in Srinagar under India’s presidency. The International Year of Millets is being observed this year, Block Programme Manager Naresh Mathur of JKRLM said ANI. We now have a significant platform provided by the G20 to advocate for millet as a food and income source. The Self-Help Group’s women are in charge of everything, and we are promoting this as a way for them to make a living.

In March 2021, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 2023 the International Year of Millets at India’s proposal.

Recipes using millet are created using local knowledge. By providing them with a livelihood based on millet, we are attempting to strengthen SHGs from Baramulla, Nagaland, and Sikkim. The G20 is the finest platform for us to push our products from the local level to the international level, according to Syed Nadeem, general manager of the Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) in Srinagar, J-K.

The first crops to be grown in Asia and Africa were millets. Later, it became a crucial food supply for the world’s advanced civilizations.

Small-seeded and hardy, these crops may flourish in such areas with little to no inputs and are resistant to changes in temperature, making them one of the oldest foods known to humans.

Jowar (sorghum), Bajra (pearl millet), Ragi (finger millet), Jhangora (barnyard millet), Barri (common millet), Kangni (foxtail/Italian millet), Kodra (Kodo millet), etc. are among the millets that are frequently produced in India.

From May 22 to 24, the sessions will take place at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar. The G20 summit meetings, which are intended to strengthen the tourism and business sectors, were well received by the people of Kashmir. The participants would probably tour some of Srinagar’s well-known locations.