Bhubaneswar, Sept 6: Two tribal women from Odisha – Raimati Ghiuria and Subhasha Mahanta from Koraput and Mayurbhanj districts respectively- have been invited to attend the G20 summit to be held in New Delhi on September 9 and 10.
Odisha Millet Mission has chosen the duo to attend the prestigious summit and keep their statements on traditional paddy and millet cultivation by tribal communities of Odisha.
Representing Odisha, the two tribal women farmers will elaborate on the benefits and high nutritious values of the grains before the world leaders and delegates attending the G20 summit at the Bharat Mandap.
Raimati (37), a resident of Nuaguda village under Kundura block in Koraput district has preserved 124 varieties of millets. The MS Swaminathan Research Centre in Jeypore has trained her to attend the world-class summit.
Ghiuria has preserved 126 varieties of indigenous paddy and proved herself as a successful woman farmer. She has created her identity by carrying forward traditional paddy and millet farming in the district. She has been felicitated several times for her contribution to traditional farming and we feel proud that she is going to attend the prestigious G20 summit, said Dr Kartik Lenka, scientist of MS Swaminathan Research Centre.