Chef Vikas Khanna & Grammy Winner Ricky Kej Are At International Convention On Millets, Bhubaneswar

by Shreya Rathod
Chef Vikas Khanna & Grammy Winner Ricky Kej Are At International Convention On Millets, Bhubaneswar

At Bhubaneswar’s Janta Maidan, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik formally inaugurated the two-day International Convention on Millets (ICM) 2023 today. Senior administrators and representatives from both domestic and international organisations attended the event. Moreover, the event was attended by Chef Vikas Khanna and Music Composer Ricky Kej.

International Convention On Millets In Bhubaneshwar

With “Millets – Ancient Grains for Modern Challenges” as its theme, the ICM offers a plethora of opportunities for farmer engagement, including experience centres, policy roundtables, technical sessions, international food festivals, quiz competitions, cooking competitions, and much more. According to a release from the State government, the ICM would highlight the Mission Shakti groups’ successful millet business and highlight the tribal heritage of millets.

The ICM aims to showcase Odisha’s tribal culture and legacy while reviewing the plans and efforts of various stakeholders in order to create a roadmap that is appropriate for millets going forward. It will also discuss potential investments and changes to policies about the millet ecosystem.

In addition to this, Chef Vikas Khanna and Ricky Kej, a Grammy Award winner, joined the event as brand ambassadors. We are aware of Vikas Khanna’s extraordinary culinary skills while Ricky Kej is a three-time winner for the Grammy Award!

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The musician posted on X about his live music performance at the event. He appealed to everyone to attend the event and stated that he is excited to play a concert at the International Convention on Millets on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar. There will be a tonne of events at this incredible event, like policy round tables, business and technical sessions, engaging sessions for farmers, art, and a millet food festival. Both of them were photographed on the stage conducting the ceremonial ritual.

The Chief Minister Addressed The Event

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated that his government would work tirelessly to establish Odisha as a hub for excellence and to improve the state’s economy, well-being, and population health. He greeted the visitors from both domestic and foreign countries, stating that millets are a staple grain that is resistant to climate change and a nutritional powerhouse. In order to achieve nutritional security, millet can be quite crucial. A glimmer of promise for the future is sprouting in humble millets.

Declaring 2023 to be the International Year of Millets, he emphasised that Odisha is the first state to host an international convention involving all relevant parties, as recognised by the UN. Speaking specifically on state efforts, he stated that the welfare of all societal segments was always given priority by the Odisha government. Intending to bring millets back to life, he started the Odisha Millets Mission in 2017. For them, promoting millet is about fairness and justice for Odisha’s rain-fed farmers.

He continued by stating that they have established guaranteed ragi procurement and raised the direct benefit incentives for millet in order to promote its cultivation.

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The state government is spending more than ₹2500 crore to help farmers with their income and means of subsistence.

Cover Image Courtesy: International Year Of Millets 2023/ X (Formerly, Twitter) & Vikas Khanna/ X (Formerly, Twitter)

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