The Central Bureau of Communication in Goa has organized a multimedia exhibition on the International Year of Millets at the Kadamba Transport Corporation Bus Stand in Panaji. The exhibition was inaugurated by North Goa Superintendent of Police (SP), Nidhin Valsan today and will remain open to the public until March 3rd. The exhibition aims to educate visitors about the importance of millet and encourage their inclusion in daily diets.
As knowledge partners for the exhibition, the ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute has set up a stall at the event where visitors can interact with subject experts on millets and see live samples of the same. The institute is providing expertise on millets in the Goan context, including an overview of the historical and present state of affairs.
Speaking at the inauguration, SP Nidhin Valsan, who is a cancer survivor and triathlon athlete, said millets were a large part of his health turnaround. Sharing his own millet story, he explained how millets were key in his training for the recent Ironman triathlon, which the officer successfully completed. The SP exhorted visitors to include millet in their diet for a healthier tomorrow.
Dr. Praveen Kumar, Director of ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, stated that the production of millets has seen only a marginal increase over the years. He highlighted how millets require very few inputs and consume very little water, making them easy to grow for farmers. He also stated that millet can help fight a variety of lifestyle diseases while providing the body with a large amount of nutrition. Dr. Praveen Kumar credits the inclusion of millet in his diet for his weight loss and improved control of blood sugar levels.
The event also saw snacks made from millet being distributed as well as a short cultural program by local artists. Entry to the exhibition is free and open to all. This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about the benefits of millet and how it can be included in their daily diet for a healthier lifestyle.