Millet Man of India

Dr. Khadar Vali is a renowned figure in India’s agriculture industry, widely known as the “Millet Man of India.” He is a passionate advocate for the promotion of millet in agriculture, and his work has played a significant role in raising awareness of the benefits of these crops.


Background and Education

Dr. Valli earned his BSc and MSc from the Regional College of Education, Mysuru before obtaining a Ph.D. in Steroids from the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. He then spent several years working as a scientist in the United States before returning to India in 1997 to address the problem of diet-related consequences in society.

Revival of Millet

He discovered the medicinal properties of these grains and named them “Siridhanyalu”. He is a leading advocate for the cultivation and use of millet and has been working towards making them a staple food in Indian diets.

Panch Ratna (Rise of millet)

Dr. Khadar Vali is a vocal advocate for the cultivation of millets, which he refers to as “Panch Ratna” (five jewels). He does extensive research on types of millets such as Foxtail, Browntop, Little, Kodo, and Barnyard.

Dr. Vali’s Mission

Dr. Vali’s mission is motivated by the belief that millet can play a critical role in addressing some of India’s most pressing health and environmental issues.