Ghanaians Urged to Consume Millet for Healthy Life

The Indian High Commissioner in Accra, Mr Sugandh Rajaram, has urged Ghanaians to consume more millet in order to live a healthy and sustainable life.

He noted that a number of health benefits would be derived by adopting the initiative of consuming millet due to its nutritious value

“One of the ways that we as people from the Global South; Africans, Indians, Asians, Ghanaians can do is to adopt what we produce in order to change our lifestyle,” he said.

Mr Rajaram was speaking at the launch of this year’s International Year of Millets (IYM) in Accra on Sunday.

The United Nations declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, following a proposal by India. The main aim of the initiative is to popularize millet by including it in our daily diet.

As part of an awareness campaign to promote millet-based diets in Ghana, the Commission celebrated the IYM alongside the ‘Food Festival of India.’

The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, stated that the initiative was essential because of its effects on millions of farmers in Ghana, especially those in the northern sector.

He recommended the High Commissioner for hosting the event to highlight the importance of the cereal crop, and also share knowledge and country experiences about the use of millet consumption.

“Certainly there are economic and social benefits derived from millets and the Ministry fully embraces this effort. Millet aside from being affordable is known to have the intense nutrient composition needed by humanity for healthy growth development and sustenance,” he said.