Nutrition Security through Intensive Millets Promotion
Q. Which of the following is/are true regarding Initiative for Nutrition Security through Intensive Millets Promotion (INSIMP)?
1) It has been criticized for neglecting post harvesting of the millets.
2) INSIMP is trying to promote intensive mono-cropping of millets instead of traditional mixed farming of millets.- Published on 16 Nov 16
a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
ANSWER: Only 2
- One key aspect of the scheme is the post-harvest handling of millets, involving establishment of units for processing and value-addition. Composite millet processing centres, costing Rs 4,00,000, that handle de-stoning, de-hulling, flaking and rava- making, are to be established across the country towards this end.
- Millets are among the oldest food grains. For generations, farmers have been cultivating millets using mixed-farming techniques.
- Despite the proven advantages of mixed-farming systems, INSIMP is trying to promote intensive mono-cropping of millets.
- Green Revolution style, high external-input agriculture is being advocated through this scheme and the use of chemical inputs is being promoted.