The Vice Chancellor of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), Prof. BR Kamboj said that the present methods of farming have to be changed for better health of future generations and to protect natural resources. crop diversification will have to adopt. Agriculture needs a massive change in line with the weather and nature. Due to excessive exploitation of natural resources, on one hand unusual changes are visible in our nature, on the other hand our food grains are becoming poisoned due to the use of chemicals and fertilizers.
He said this while visiting the Minor Millets (coarse grain) based exhibition plots and research area of the University’s Department of Agronomy. He said that due to excessive use of chemicals and fertilizers, various types of terrible diseases are arising in people and animals of all ages. Which is a serious threat to the existence of human life on this earth.
It is beneficial to adopt coarse cereals
The Vice Chancellor said that there is a need to make changes in the current crop rotations to avoid this situation. For crop diversification, the ancient coarse and small cereal crops like jowar, bajra, ragi, kangni, sawank, chhoti kangani, kutki etc. have to be re-adopted. While on the one hand these small and coarse grain crops are ready in less water and in a few days, on the other hand they are anti-bacterial as well as rich in nutrients.
That’s why the International Millet Year was declared
Pro. Kamboj said that in view of the importance and future of these millets crops at the global level, on the request of the Government of India, the United Nations has declared the coming year 2023 as International Millet Year. Which will prove to be effective in motivating the common man towards these coarse and small grain crops (millets). During this, he discussed in detail with the scientists about the possible cropping activities of different types of minor millets and their processing and inspired them to do more and more research on this topic.
Coarse grains are beneficial for health
On this occasion, Dean of Agriculture College Dr. SK Pahuja and agronomist Dr. AK Dhaka said that most of the millets can be easily grown in dry areas under high temperature conditions. Ragi (finger millet) is the best source of calcium and potassium. On the other hand, Chenna (Proso Millet) and Kutki (Little Millet) are rich in vitamin B6, phosphorus, fiber and amino acids.
Corn is one of the ancient crops
Similarly, cornice (foxtail millet) is one of our ancient crops. Beta-carotene, vitamins and minerals are found in abundance in it. It is especially beneficial for children and pregnant women. Kodo millet is rich in medicinal properties and it pacifies Kapha and Pitta dosha. It is beneficial due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used as a blood purifier and to keep the nervous system strong. Apart from these, Savank and green cornice are also nutritious and full of medicinal properties.
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