Millet Mania: Seeds of Change

5000 students in Chennai planted a millet seed each to raise awareness on their health benefits and to make them part of their regular food to fight malnutrition and anemia.
Love for millets is turning into a movement in Chennai. Five thousand children  from twenty five schools  in the city gathered to plant a millet seedling each, in just a minute.  Every  student was given a pot with soil. Students ought to nurture these at home and send a picture of the grown up plant for a certificate, by scanning a QR code given. Seeds of around twenty different varieties of millets including Ragi, Jowar, Bajra and Kambu were given.
Globally, a third of malnourished children live in India. Nearly fifty percent of girls in India are anemic, suffering from iron deficiency. Rich in protein and iron, millets called  smart food could effectively tackle this. “The idea is to raise awareness on millets  among children and we hope they and their families would make millets a regular part of their food” said Vasuki Vinothini S, Chairman and Managing Director, Kurukshetra IAS Academy that had organised this.
The student gathering and the cause behind also won a berth in the Asian Book of Records for maximum students planting millet seeds in one minute.

Called Aram Vidahippoam or Let’s sow goodness, the campaign also won a slot in the Asia Book of a Records for “maximum number of students planting millet seedlings in one minute”.  “I have understood about malnutrition and how millets could help. It’s so nice to know how our ancestors had used millets” said Thalin Raj G, a class VII student to Suryadharshini a class XI student says “This gives me happiness and I’ve planned to grow more millets”.

The United Nations  had declared 2023 as the International  Year of Millets” to raise awareness and increase millet production and consumption. 

Co-organised  by Bodhi Charitable Trust,  Federal Bank, Tamil Nadu had supported the cause.


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