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ICAR- Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad is very happy to receive and host Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chairman MSSRF (M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai), today. The main purpose of the visit was to gain insight of the competencies and technologies that IIMR has developed over the period on millet value chain. Dr. Sowmya visited the fields, held discussions and enthusiastically gathered information on all the nine millet crops. The team also visited Centre of Excellence on Millets, other processing facilities, Nutrihub and Gene bank. This was followed by signing of MOU between ICAR – IIMR (Dr. C Tara Satyavathi, Director) and Dr. Sowmya, Chairperson, MSSRF on areas of mutual cooperation.

Dr. Soumya also interacted with Scientists of the institute and stressed that Agriculture, Nutrition and Health are related very closely which should be dealt holistically. She also emphasized that the food can form an integral part of health management and millets can play an important role in managing lifestyle diseases.

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