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Availability and Utilization of Pearl Millet in India

Publisher: ICRISAT

Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) is the most widely grown type of millet. Because of its tolerance to difficult growing conditions such as drought, low soil fertility and high temperature, it can be grown in areas where other cereal crops, such as maize (Zea mays) or wheat (Triticum aestivum), would not survive. Pearl millet production is concentrated in the developing countries which account for over 95% of the production and acreage. India continues to be the single largest producer of pearl millet in the world, although the area has been declining in the traditional growing states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana. Pearl millet is usually grown as a dryland dualpurpose grain and fodder crop although it is sometimes irrigated in India, particularly the summer crop grown mainly as a forage crop.

Author(s): Wasim Ahmed, Shraavya Bhagavatula, G. Basavaraj, P. Parthasarathy Rao | Views(307) | Download (106)

  
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