Professor, Former Dean, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India
*Corresponding Author: Vijaya Khader, Professor, Former Dean, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India.
Received: February 17, 2021; Published: December 10, 2021
Millets grown under traditional methods, no millet attracts any pest. They can be termed as pest-free crops. A majority of them are not affected by storage pests. Thus they are a great boon to the agricultural environment. Millets are amazing in their nutrition content. Each of the millets is three to five times nutritionally superior to the widely promoted rice and wheat in terms of proteins, minerals and vitamins. Millets produce multiple securities such as food, fodder, health, nutrition, livelihood and ecological making them the crops of agricultural security. Most of us seek micronutrient such as Beta Carotene in pharmaceutical pills and capsules, millets offer it in abundant quantities. The much privileged rice, ironically, has zero quantity of this precious micronutrient. Every single millet is extraordinarily superior to rice and wheat and therefore is the solution for the malnutrition that affects a vast majority of the Indian population. Millets remain our agricultural answer to the climate crisis that the world is facing. Climate Change is expected to confront us with three challenges. 1) Increase in temperature up to 2-5 degree Celsius 2) Increasing water stress 3) Severe malnutrition. Only millets have the capacity to meet this challenge. In views of all these features that they so amazingly combine, millets can only be called as Miracle Grains.
Keywords: Millets; Pest; Grains
Citation: Vijaya Khader. “Millets for Dietary Diversification". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 6.1 (2022): 15-18.
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