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North East connects millet sisters

Millets, the miracle grains from the Southern drylands, Western and Eastern plains, North Eastern and Northern uplands of India connected the farmers, scientists, activists, media persons and researchers from different states of India during the 1st annual convention of All India Millet Sisters (AIMS) Network. This convention was organised by Millet Network of India in collaboration with North East Network and ICAR-NEH, Meghalaya at Umiam premises of ICAR-NEH, Shillong, Meghalaya from May 23-24, 2018 to address the Current Concerns, Challenges & Some Silver Linings of Millets. The logo of the AIMS Network was jointly unfurled by the women farmers of 12 states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, & West Bengal. During this convention 16 women millet farmers were felicitated by eminent women leaders, journalists and activists from different parts of India. After 2 days of intensive deliberations on the multi-dimensional understanding of millets from the experiences of millet producing farmers, agro-scientists, millet marketing agencies, women’s collectives, and state functionaries engaged in millet promotion, convergence of some ideas emerged. The deliberations were steered by NGO leaders, experienced farmers and community activists along with the field scientists from ICAR-NEH, and few government functionaries. The interactive interface between farmers on the ground, policy framers and field scientists was effectively engaging. At the end of the 2 day convention, a declaration was collectively charted out to ensure that the demands of the women farmers specifically engaged in the millet based eco-system is taken into necessary action by the concerned stakeholders.    


UMIAM DECLARATION OF MILLET SISTERS


from


1st Annual Convention of All India Millet Sisters (AIMS) Network


 


May 23-24, 2018


Dr D N Borthakur Conference Hall, ICAR-NEH, Umiam,


Shillong, Meghalaya 


In association with:


Millet Network of India


North East Network


ICAR-NEH, Meghalaya


 


Having met and discussed, MILLETS: Current Concerns, Challenges & Some Silver Linings at the ICAR-NEH, Umiam, Meghalaya on May 23-24, 2018, we the millet sisters, civil society groups, scientists, activists and environmentalists from 12 states -- Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, & West Bengal have resolved on the Umiam Declaration of Millet Sisters. 


1.     

We demand that the government acknowledges that millets are our heritage crops, multifaceted in their extraordinary food value, and in providing nutrition, fodder, livelihood and ecological security in these climate-stressed times.


2.     

The government should support the millet-based biodiverse agriculture practised by milllions of small women farmers who are custodians of India’s rich lore of millet farming practices.


3.     

Given the shocking burden of malnutrition among children in India, which is the highest in the world, the government should give primacy to the use of millets in the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)and Mid-Day-MealScheme. This would ensure a healthy new generation.


4.     

Millets should find a definite place in its Public Distribution System (PDS) so that India can escape the ignominous place among the malnutrition countries in the world.


5.     

Commission on Agricultural Cost Prices should fix the price of millets taking into consideration their nutritional and ecological values.


6.     

To support women millet farmers, the government should:


a)    

Help women’s collectives to set up affordable processing units to reduce the drudgery of millet processing;


b)    

Ensure  procurement of millets at the MSP fixed by government


c)     

Also set up, community-based procurement centres that are easily accessed and controlled by women cultivators.


d)    

Include millet farming as a guaranteed MGNREGS work to support employment of farmers in millet farming.  


7.     

Crop insurance and compensation schemes for crop damage should be enlarged to include all varieties of millets at par with other crops.


8.     

Government should  utilise its public media network to promote awareness of the nutrtional value of millets among consumers specially since this is the National Year of Millets. This should include popular programmes on millet recipes.


9.     

We demand support for research that establishes the scientific values of our traditional knowledge on millet cultivation.


10. 

We demand that Indian Institute of Millet Research stop hobnobbing its research on genetic modification of millet crops and instead focus on the enormous wealth of women’s knowledge on the millet ecology.


11. 

We call upon all agricultural research institutions to work on the economic valuation of millet ecology in their academic and research programmes.


12. 

We greatly appreciate the fact that government has recognised the signal contribution of peasant women farmers and bestowed honours on them. We would be more honoured if the government implemented our demands listed here to ensure a more secure future for us and the nation at large. 


Endorsements from: 


1.     

Ms Saraswati, SABALA, Vizianagaram District, Andhra Pradesh


2.     

Ms Suseela, Millet Sister,Mamidipalem, Visakhapatnam,Andhra Pradesh


3.     

Ms K. Narayanamma, Millet Sister,Kothavalasa, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh


4.     

Ms I. Maheswari, Millet Sister,Pedabayalu, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


5.     

Ms T. Kamala Kumari, Millet Sister,Vepada, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh


6.     

Mr Jogi Naidu, SVDS, Anakapally, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


7.     

Dr Monisha Behal, North East Network, Guwahati, Assam


8.     

Ms Moon Bora, North East Network, Assam


9.     

Ms Usha Lakra, North East Network, Assam


10. 

Ms Anurita Pathak, North East Network, Assam


11. 

Mr Ritupon Gogoi, FST, Guwahati, Assam


12. 

Mr Tushar Pancholi, Paryavaran Vikas Kendra, Gujarat


13. 

Mr Anil Barot, Millet Sister Rajkot, Gujarat


14. 

Ms Nita Boart, Millet Sister, Rajkot, Gujarat


15. 

Ms Khatija Akbar, Millet Sister,Rajkot, Gujarat


16. 

Mr Nekram, LVK, Nanj Teh, Kassag, Himachal Pradesh


17. 

Ms Ramkali, Millet Sister, Nanj Teh, Kassag, Himachal Pradesh


18. 

Ms Shivamma Millet Sister, Yadgir district, Karnataka


19. 

Ms Jayamala, Millet Sister, Yadgir district, Karnataka


20. 

Mr Yadaiah, PRAG JOTHI, Yadgir district, Karnataka


21. 

Ms Mary, Millet Sister, KRRS, Bidar, Karnataka


22. 

Ms Gopamma, Millet Sister KRRS, Bidar, Karnataka


23. 

Mr Prabudas, KRRS, Bidar, Karnataka


24. 

Mr Prakash, KRRS, Bidar, Karnataka


25. 

Dr T N Prakash, Chair, Agriculture Price Commission, Bangalore, Karnataka


26. 

Ms Sheelu Francis, Women's Collective, Chennai, Tamil Nadu


27. 

Ms Palaniammal, Millet Sister, Koltapatti, Tutucoran, Tamil Nadu


28. 

Dr Suresh Reddy, Associate Professor, Centre for Economics & Social Studies, Hyderabad, Telangana


29. 

Ms Mogulamma, Millet Sister, Potpalli Village, Sangareddy District, Telangana


30. 

Ms Krishna Veni, All India Millet Sisters Network, Telangana


31. 

Ms Rojamma, Deccan Development Society, Telangana


32. 

Ms Mamatha, Sangham Organics, Pastapur, Telangana


33. 

Ms Tejasvi, Deccan Development Society, Telangana


34. 

Ms Reenamma, Millet Sister & Community Film Maker, Rechintal, Telangana


35. 

Ms Ranamma, Millet Sister & Community Film Maker, Telangana


36. 

Ms Genaral Narasamma, Sangham Radio, Machnoor, Telangana


37. 

Ms Jayasri, Deccan Development Society, Telangana


38. 

Mr PV Satheesh, National Convenor, Millet Network of India, Hyderabad, Telangana


39. 

Ms Chinna Narasamma, Millet Sister, Community Media Trust, Telangana


40. 

Ms Mayuri, Film Maker, Pastapur, Telangana


41. 

Mr Janardhan, PILUPU, Bhongir, Telangana


42. 

Ms Gopamma, Millet Sister,Bhongir, Telangana


43. 

Ms Masru, Millet Sister,Bhongir, Telangana


44. 

Ms Sumalatha, Millet Sister, KK Thanda, Bhongir,Telangana


45. 

Mr Nimmaiah, PEACE, Bhongir, Telangana


46. 

Mr Shiba Prasad, Ahinsa Club, Odisha


47. 

Ms Anitha Sahu, Millet Sister, Ahinsa Club, Odisha


48. 

Ms Betikhai Bariha, Millet Sister, Ahinsa Club, Odisha


49. 

Ms Trisha Paladhi, AGRAGAMEE, Odisha   


50. 

Ms Sumani Jhodia, Millet Sister, Odisha


51. 

Ms Sushila Majhi, Millet Sister, Odisha


52. 

Mr Narayan Barik, NIRMAN, Odisha


53. 

Ms Paramiti Mahji, Millet Sister, Community Leader, Kandhamal, Odisha


54. 

Ms Sramyuli Mallick, Community Leader, Kandhamal, Odisha


55. 

Mr Aman Singh, KRAPAVIS, Rajasthan


56. 

Ms Latha Jishnu, Senior Freelance Journalist, New Delhi


57. 

Ms Gina Phanbuh, North East Network, Meghalaya


58. 

Dr L Devarani, Asst Prof., Central Agricultural University, Meghalaya


59. 

Dr Bijoya Bhattacharjee, HOD.Center for Biotech.


60. 

Dr Subhash babu, Scientist(Agro),ICAR – NEH, Umiam, Meghalaya


61. 

Dr Bagish kumar, Scientist -social science, ICAR- NEH, Umiam, Meghalaya


62. 

Mr Habandajop Lyngdoh, SURE, Jowai


63. 

Mr Raj Parsah, SURE, Jowai


64. 

Mr Dharmen G. Momin, Community leader, Sasatgre, West Garohills, Meghalaya


65. 

Ms Amlin G. Momin, Farmer, Sasatgre, West Garohills. Meghalaya


66. 

Ms Mitjilima G. Momin, Farmer, Sasatgre, West Garohills. Meghalaya


67. 

Dr Vishram ram, Professor, CPGS, Cental Agriculture university, Umiam, Meghalaya


68. 

Ms Merrysha Nongrum, NESFAS Meghalaya


69. 

Mr  Jankpreet, NESFAS Meghalaya


70. 

Ms Binasi Mary, Farmer, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya


71. 

Ms Jesenta Rani, Farmer, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya


72. 

Ms Mesilhi-u, Millet Sister, Nagaland


73. 

Ms Neipelhi-u, Millet Sister, Nagaland


74. 

Ms Dikhwetso-u, Millet Sister, Nagaland


75. 

Ms Songulo-u, Millet Sister, Nagaland


76. 

Ms Ghaluta, Millet Sister, Nagaland


77. 

Ms Lupisii, Millet Sister, Nagaland


78. 

Ms Vepralu Sapu, Millet Sister, Nagaland


79. 

Ms Thuyevolusapu, Millet Sister, Nagaland


80. 

Mr Stephen, North East Network, Nagaland


81. 

Ms BK Chettri, KKKS, Kalimpong, West Bengal


82. 

Ms Pavitra Sherpa, Farmer, Kalimpong, West Bengal


83. 

Ms Manjari Subbha, Farmer, Kalimpong, West Bengal


84. 

Ms Samhita Barooah, Freelance Journalist, Guwahati


85. 

Ms Dolly Wotsa, North East Network, Nagaland


86. 

Ms Neitshopeu Thopi, North East Network, Nagaland


87. 

Ms Wekoweu Tsuhah, North East Network, Nagaland


88. 

Ms Seno Tsuhah, North East Network, Nagaland  

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