“Good evening from Rome. India presented a proposal for International Year of Millets in FAO Council on 5 December. We succeeded in convincing FAO Council and it has been endorsed for 2023. Africa Regional group, Asia regional group, EU, Russian Federation, China, Sudan, Kenya, Cuba, Austria, Afghanistan, Thailand, Egypt, Senegal, Mali supported the Indian proposal openly,” said Dr Suresh K Malhotra.
As the ‘International Year of Millets’ has been endorsed by the FAO Council for 2023, it will now go to the UN General Assembly next year for final approval. The background on India’s pitch to the UN can be found here and for the Agriculture Minister’s statement on the FAO endorsement, click here.