LUCKNOW With the target of encouraging millet consumption and boosting farmers’ earnings, the UP authorities has determined to incorporate millets in the form of ‘Bajra khichdi’ in the mid-day meals (MDM) offered to college students.
At present, 1.9 crore college students are enrolled in UP authorities major and higher major faculties the place MDM is given to them. The transfer is aimed to encourage millet-growing farmers, contemplating the variety of kids in UP who obtain noon meals, UP authorities spokesperson was quoted as saying in a launch.
The federal government, already procuring maize and bajra at minimal assist value (MSP), has determined to buy ‘jowar’ together with paddy at MSP beginning this kharif season.
After the inclusion of bajra in the MDM, its demand may even improve, and the federal government can have to buy extra to meet the elevated demand. Due to this, farmers will get higher costs for bajra in the open market as nicely, said the discharge.