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Farmers From Tamil Nadu Have Immense Opportunities For Growing Their Millets Exports

Farmers From Tamil Nadu Have Immense Opportunities For Growing Their Millets Exports

There are about 6,000 varieties of millet around the world. Growing millets doesn't require quality soil and huge quantities of water and unlike wheat, rice, and corn, they can be grown in arid and semi-arid regions. Millets are also a source of energy and proteins for more than a billion people around the world. Globally, millets are mainly imported from Indonesia, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Italy, the U.S.A., the United Kingdom, Brazil, and the Netherlands. 

Current Scenario

The volume of agricultural exports from Tamil Nadu is expected to surge in 2023 due to the change in dietary preferences in the western markets and the shifts in the global supply chain since the ongoing conflict between Russia & Ukraine which have opened up new opportunities for the state. 

Shobana Kumar, the Regional Head of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) predicted the rise in volume to be around 5%-7% and as per the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS) under the Ministry of Commerce, the agri-exports from the state stood at Rs 11,465 crore in 2021-22 and at Rs 7,302 crore in the current financial year till the month of October. 

Importance Of Millets 

Other than the traditionally exported produce like rice, wheat, processed fruits, and nuts, millets constitute the primary focus of the exporters and the Governments, both at the center and state. With just a slight push from the Narendra Modi-led Union Government, the United Nations General Assembly recently declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, and the program was launched earlier in December due to millets being less water-intensive and having a lower carbon footprint, which is some of the reasons the UN turned the spotlight on millets. Tiruchirappalli-based food processing unit founder and exporter V Sivaramakrishnan mentioned that the demand for many millet-based products is on the rise in the markets in the west, especially in the United States as many people have become more health conscious. “Millets fit the bill perfectly as they have a low glycemic index and high-nutritious value. People in countries where medical care is expensive are adopting millet-based diets,” he said. One could sell value-added millet products such as noodles, semiya, cookies, dry dosa, idli batter, health mix, and ladoo. He said the recognition of millets by the UN is a strategic move and would create great avenues for agricultural exports from Tamil Nadu. 

Some eight major varieties of millets i.e. podo, pearl, sorghum, finger, barnyard, little, fox tail, and proso millet are cultivated across Tamil Nadu, and thus, the UN program poses a huge opportunity for the farmers, farmer producer organizations (FPOs) and food processing units. Some places in Tamil Nadu such as Perambalur, Madurai, Sivangangai, Ramanathapuram, and Jawadhu Hills boast of a significant acreage in the case of millet cultivation. 

Tamil Nadu’s Millet Exports 

As per DGCIS data, Tamil Nadu exported 4,965 tonnes of millet in 2020-21 and 4,328 tonnes in 2021-22. APEDA has tied up with the Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) in Hyderabad in order to facilitate entrepreneurs and exporters for value-added millet products out of which many exporters already completed registration. As per agriculture department secretary C Samayamoorthy, “The state government is planning to announce 12 southern and 10 northern districts as millet export zones to promote the exports of the commodity. A detailed project report (DPR) for the same is in the final stages,” 

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