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2023 Is The International Year Of Millets

2023 Is The International Year Of Millets

Kagezi Seed Company Limited Joins the world at large in celebrating the International Year of Millet

On 5th  March 2021, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at its 75th session declared 2023 the International Year of Millets. As the world becomes increasingly aware of the negative impacts of climate change, millets are gaining attention as “future crops”.

Millet refers to several varieties of small-seeded grasses that are cultivated as grain crops. Popular among these are pearl millet, finger millet and sorghum. Pearl millet accounts for close to half the global millet output. Millets are grown in marginal and dry lands in several countries in Asia and Africa. They are often capable of being grown in very harsh production conditions.

Their ability to withstand salty soils, since they are hardy, salinity-tolerant, and drought and heat (up to 50oC) conditions makes them ideal for climate change adaptation. Therefore, millets minimize the risk of hunger among farmers and communities.

Millets have numerous health benefits because they are gluten-free and have a low glycemic index. These crops have significant economic value.  The flour can be used for porridge and brewing of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Millets are used in the livestock feed industry as well.