Millets - Sorghum, Pearl millet, Finger millet, Small millets (Barnyard, Common, Kodo,Little, Foxtail). All millets, Maize & Barley are known as Coarse cereals

MILESTONES OF COARSE CEREALS DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA


    YEAR

ACTIVITY

   1952

Setting up of “Grow More Food Enquiry Committee” by GOI.

   1955

Visit of Dr. E. J. Wellhausen & U. J. Grant of Rockfeller Foundation.

   1957

Setting up of “All India Coordinated Maize Improvement Project” by ICAR.

   1960

Setting up of “Programme Evaluation Organisation” by GOI.

   1961

Release of first public bred Maize Hybrid “Hybrid Maize Ganga-1”.

   1964

Release of first public bred Sorghum Hybrid “CSH-1”.

    1965

Setting up of “All India Coordinated Millets Improvements Project” by ICAR.

    1965

Release of first public bred Pearl millet Hybrid “HB-1”.

   1967

Launching of “HYVP” in respect of five cereals viz; Rice, Wheat, Maize, Sorghum and Pearl millet by GOI.

   1969

Setting of  “All India Coordinated Sorghum Improvement Project” by ICAR.

   1971

Setting up of the Directorate of Millets Development by GOI.

   1974

Launching of “Central Sector Scheme of Minikit Programme of Pre- release varieties of Coarse cereals” by GOI in order to provide farmers reaction about these varieties to the researchers.

   1976

Setting of  “National Commission on Agriculture” by GOI.

   1976

Launching of “State Level Training Programme on Coarse cereals for propagation of Nascent Production Technologies” among Extension Workers as a component of  “Ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Minikit Programme” by GOI.

    1979

Launching of  “Demonstration of Intensive cultivation of Coarse cereal in ST/SC areas” by GOI in order to take home new production technologies in Coarse cereals to the door steps of ST/SC farmers as a social safety net to economically backward farmers under “Ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Minikit Programme”.

    1984

Launching of a new component of “Minikit Programme of released cultivars” under ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Minikit Programme by GOI.

    1985

Setting up of  “All India Coordinated Pearl millet Improvement Project” by ICAR.

    1986

Setting u of “All India Coordinated Small millets Improvement Project” by ICAR.

   1987

Launching of Centrally Sponsored  “Special Food Production Programme of Coarse cereals” by GOI.

   1994

Launching of Centrally Sponsored “Integrated Cereals Development Programme in Coarse Cereals based Cropping Systems” by GOI.

  1995

Creation of “Technical Mission on Maize” by GOI.

   1997

Launching of “Accelerated Maize Development Programme (AMDP)” by GOI.

    2000

Launching of “GOI-UNDP sub-programme on Maize based Cropping System for food security” in the State of Bihar, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh by GOI.

   2000

Visit of FAO Mission on Special Programme for Food Security between 19-29.11.2000.

   2000

Introduction of Macro-Management Mode (MMM) of Agriculture to ensure greater flexibility in programme implementation by the State Governments.

   2002

Discontinuation of the Central Sector Scheme of Minikit Programme of Coarse cereals (except Maize) in view of easy availability of improved cultivars of Coarse cereals at the door step of the farmers.

   2003

Up gradation of computer facilities in Crop Development Directorate under “DACNET” project of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation.

   2004

Third National Seminar on “Millets: Research and Development Future Policy Options in India” on 11-12th March, 2004 at Mandor, Jodhpur.

   2010

Fourth National Seminar/Brain storming on Millets at Hyderabad.

   2011

Implementation of Initiatives for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millets Promotion (INSIMP) w.e.f. 1st April, 2011.

   2011

Setting up of Centre of Excellence on Sorghum for value addition at Directorate of Sorghum Research, ICAR, Hyderabad.

   2011

Setting up of Centre of Excellence on Pearl millet for value addition at CCS HAU, Hisar.

   2012

Setting up of Centre of Excellence on Small millets for value addition at UAS, Bengaluru.

   2013

Inclusion of Pearl millet, Finger millet and Maize under Nutri-Farms programme – a pilot scheme implemented in 100 identified districts of the country for providing nutritional security.

   2014

Setting up of Centre of Excellence on Maize for value addition at MPUA&T, Udaipur.

   2014

Inclusion of Coarse cereals under NFSM.

 

 


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