Millet International Initiative for Research and Awareness (MIIRA)

  • IASbaba
  • February 15, 2023
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Context: On the sidelines of G20 presidency, India is planning to propose the launch of a global initiative to encourage the consumption and production of millets.

About Millet International Initiative for Research and Awareness (MIIRA):

  • It aims to connect the millet research organisations across the world while also supporting research on millet crops.
  • Secretariat: Delhi, India
  • It is in line with the UN declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets and the Centre’s plan to make India a global hub for millets.
  • 5 G20 meetings on agriculture:
    • 3 of Agriculture Deputies,
    • 1 of chief scientists, and
    • 1 where the Agriculture Ministers of all G-20 countries will gather.
  • It will be launched keeping in mind the nutritional value and the climate resilient nature of millets.
  • It will set up a web platform to connect researchers and holding international research conferences.
  • India will contribute the “seed money” while each G20 member will later have to contribute to its budget in the form of a membership fee.

Source:  Indian Express

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Among the following, which one is the least water-efficient crop? (2022)

  1. Sugarcane
  2. Sunflower
  3. Pearl millet
  4. Red gram

Q.2) With reference to pulse production in India, consider the following statements:

  1. Black gram can be cultivated as both kharif and rabi crops.
  2. Green-gram alone accounts for nearly half of pulse production.
  3. In the last three decades, while the production of kharif pulses has increased, the production of rabi pulses has decreased.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (2021)

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 2 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3


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