The Deccan Development Society (DDS) has demanded that the district administration include millets in the mid-day meal scheme being implemented at the school located in Pachhasale in Pastapur village.

Recently, a programme was held at Pastapur in which the Medak district Food Sovereignty Trust, Millet Farmers’ Federation, Indian Millets Federation and DDS participated. The officials from Medak district were present in the meeting.

The DDS has been demanding that financial assistance be extended to farmers instead of supplying them with hybrid seeds and chemical fertilizers as they have been following a non-pesticide management system. “The Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millets Promotion (INSIMP) programme was commenced to encourage farmers to cultivate millets. This will help farmers to continue the cultivation of millets as well as to protect the soil’s health,’’ said P.V. Sateesh, director of DDS.

The DDS had one more suggestion for the administration that would be helpful for the farming community. “Extend Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) to the farm sector where farmers can use the services of labour for weed removal,’’ said Mr. Sateesh.