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Chhattisgarh received Poshak Anaj Award, 2022 for promoting millets

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  • The Poshak Anaj Award, 2022 organized by IIMR, Government of India in Hyderabad on September 23, 2022, Telangana Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy awarded and honoured Chhattisgarh as the best emerging state for promoting millet.
  • On behalf of Chhattisgarh, this award was received by S.S. Bajaj, Special Managing Director of State Minor Forest Produce Association.
  • The function also appreciated the pro-farmer policies of the Chhattisgarh government and efforts to promote cultivation of kodo, kutki and ragi in the state.
  • It is noteworthy that according to the intention of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the cultivation of Kodo, Kutki and Ragi is being specially promoted in Chhattisgarh.
  • On the initiative of the Chief Minister, Kodo, Kutki and Ragi have been included in the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana’ and its producing farmers are also being given input assistance of Rs 9,000 per acre as an incentive.
  • Chhattisgarh is the only state in the country where kodo, kutki and ragi are being purchased at support price and its value addition work is also being done. Kodo-Kutki was purchased at the support price of Rs 3000 per quintal and Ragi was purchased by Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Association at the rate of Rs 3377 per quintal.

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