Lahari Bai: The Millet Woman of India 

By: Vaishnavi Barthwal 

Lahari Bai hails from the Baiga tribe in the Dindori district, Madhya Pradesh

She has collected dozens of varieties of millets, described as ‘Shree Anna’ over the past decade in her small house

She  is participating in the ongoing G20 Agriculture Working Group meeting in Indore as a millet brand ambassador

She has earned praise from PM Narendra Modi for her prime focus to preserve the coarse cereals

She also received praise from Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan and foreign delegates at the G20 Summit

 She distributes the seeds from her bank to the farmers in about 25 villages

"I scatter the seeds of 16 types of millets in a field at one go and then I deposit the seeds from such crops in my seed bank,” she said

Sorghum (jowar), little millet (kutki), foxtail millet (kangni), pearl millet (bajra), and finger millet are among the many varieties she grows.

We are proud of Lahari Bai who has shown remarkable enthusiasm for coarse grains. Her efforts will inspire many others

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