Lahari Bai – Millet Advocate
Lahari Bai is a 27-year-old tribal woman from
Madhya Pradesh who has become a brand
advocate for millets through her “Beej Bank”.
In her two-room house, she has managed to
preserve over 150 varieties of millet seeds &
offers free distribution to local farmers
to cultivate them.
Lahari Bai’s – Journey
In her teenage, Lahari noticed that many
millet varieties were becoming endangered.
Although she faced criticism from her tribe,
rare types of millet such as Madhia, Salhar,
Sabha, Kodo, Kutki, Sanwa, Kuttu, and
Cheena have been preserved by her.
Lahari Bai’s – Mission
Lahari recalls that she had two goals in life: to
remain single and support her parents, and
to protect millet seeds.
She is now a brand ambassador for millets and
advocates for their production and consumption.
Madhya Pradesh’s State
Mission On Millets
The state of Madhya Pradesh has set state
missions on millets with the objectives of
providing the option to sell crops at a minimum
cost, providing a suitable market for federations,
increasing the area and productivity of Kodo
Kutki, and establishing the brand value a
the national and international levels.