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New Delhi [India], February 8 (ANI): Aggressive efforts by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (/topic/agricultural-and-processed-food-products-export-developmentauthority) (APEDA) towards facilitating shipments of millets by Indian exporters (/topic/indian-exporters) and helping them make inroads into new markets combined with globally rising demand for nutria-cereals, has positioned India strongly for an exponential increase in millets export in the coming years.
A major boost to production and exports of nutri-cereals like millet has come in Budget 2022 which has provided assistance for post-harvest value addition and branding of millet products in the domestic as well as global markets, said the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.
With Indian exporters (/topic/indian-exporters) finding new markets abroad, India has emerged as the fifth largest exporter of millets in the world, according to 2020 data, with outbound shipments increasing at around 3 per cent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in the last five years ending 2020.
India exported millets worth USD 26.97 million in 2020-21 against USD 28.5 million in 2019-20.
India is the world leader in the production of millets with a share of around 41 per cent of total world production in 2020 and produces around 12 million MT of millets annually, according to Government data. The various kinds of millets include sorghum (/topic/sorghum) (Jowar), pearl millet (Bajra), finger millet (Ragi), little millet (Kutki), small millet (Samai), foxtail millet (/topic/foxtail-millet) (Kangni), proso millet (/topic/prosomillet) (Barri), barnyard millet (Jhangora), kodo millet (Kodra), two pseudo millets (buckwheat (/topic/buckwheat) and kuttu (/topic/kuttu)), Ameranthus (Chulai) and other millets.
The major exporter of millets are: USA (/topic/usa), Russian Federation, Ukraine (/topic/ukraine), India, China (/topic/china), Netherlands, France (/topic/france), Poland and Argentina with combined millets export of USD 221.68 million in 2020.