G20 Leaders’ Spouses Explore India’s Culture and Agriculture

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While G20 leaders engaged in discussions on global challenges, their spouses embarked on an enriching journey in New Delhi. They visited the 1,200-acre Pusa-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), a cutting-edge agricultural research hub, where they indulged in unique millet snacks. Here, they strolled along “Agri Street,” an exhibition that spanned 200 meters and showcased India’s transformation from a net food importer to an agricultural powerhouse.

Following this agricultural immersion, the visitors proceeded to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). There, they purchased souvenirs and enjoyed an exhibition featuring traditional Indian weaves and captivating dance performances. The NGMA complex was adorned with 800 kites, offering a warm welcome to the dignitaries.

The distinguished visitors included Akshata Murty, the first lady of the UK; Carmel Tebbutt, wife of Australian PM Anthony Albanese; Kobita Ramdanee, the first lady of Mauritius; Yoku Kishida, the Japanese first lady; Emine Erdoğan, the wife of Turkey’s president; and Heiko von der Leyen, the husband of EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.

The focus of the tour was on coarse cereals or millets, emphasizing India’s efforts to promote these resilient grains as a global source of nutritional security, especially in the face of climate change challenges. The United Nations has declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, with India’s proposal receiving support from over 70 nations.

At NGMA, the guests experienced a live demonstration of cooking various premium varieties of basmati rice developed by Indian scientists, showcasing their remarkable growth when cooked. Celebrity chefs and culinary experts prepared a delightful millets-based meal, highlighting the versatility of these grains.

The NGMA event featured captivating regional dance performances, making it a memorable cultural experience for the guests.

Re-reported from the article originally published in Hindustan Times by Zia Haq,Aman Singh

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