Koraput: A 36-year-old tribal woman farmer from Odisha’s Bhumia community has received invitation to participate in the upcoming G20 summit scheduled to be held in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. Raimati Ghiuria’s inclusion in the summit is linked to her role in an exhibition centred on millets, including millet start-ups, millet rangoli and live cooking. This event is being organised by the ministry of agriculture for the special visit of G20s first spouses to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) campus in New Delhi on September 9 to showcase the country’s significant strides in the fields of agri-tech and millet production, offering visitors a firsthand millet experience. Ms Ghiuria said,
I am very much delighted to attend the G20 summit. I have heard that leaders of at least 20 nations will participate in the meeting and I will showcase the kundra bati madia (finger millets) and the tribal method of cultivating it.
The woman emphasised the importance of better technology and scientific farming methods introduced by the Odisha Millet Mission (OMM), which has significantly improved the yield and quality of millet farming in the district. She said,
I will share my experience on the benefits of better technology and scientific farming methods introduced by the OMM since 2017 in our area.
Belonging to Nuaguda village under Kundra block in the district, Ms Ghiuria, for her active participation in revitalising traditional crops, including traditional rice and millet varieties, has now turned to be a role model for women in her community.
Her dedication towards agriculture has turned her into a resource person and so far she has imparted training to over 2,500 farmers on millet intensification, line transplanting, intercropping, and organic pest management.
As a custodian farmer, Ms Ghiuria has preserved more than 72 traditional varieties of indigenous rice and more than 30 varieties of the millets. Her exceptional contributions to agriculture have earned numerous accolades, including the Genome Saviour Community Award in 2012, Jamshedji Tata National Virtual Academy Fellowship Award in 2015, Best Farmer Award by TATA Steel in 2015, 2017 and 2018 among others. Raimati added,
Currently, I am focussed on promoting millet value addition and processing activities, as well as providing drudgery reducing implements to women farmers.
Prasant Parida, a scientist at Swaminathan foundation, Jeypore said,
Ms Ghiuria’s inclusion in the G20 summit highlights the importance of sustainable agriculture and how lives of farmers and their communities change when traditional farming practices are combined with modern technology and scientific methods.
Along with Ms Ghiuria, 45 year-old tribal woman farmer Subasa Mohanta of Matiagarh village of Mayurbhanj district will also participate in the summit.
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