Future Outlook and Options for Target Crops: The Sorghum and Pearl millet Economy of India

Nagaraj, N and Basavaraj, G and Rao, P P (2012) Future Outlook and Options for Target Crops: The Sorghum and Pearl millet Economy of India. Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India. (Unpublished)

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We  are  sincerely  thankful  to  all  HOPE  ICRISAT  team  from  Patancheru  and  project  partners  from  Maharashtra,  Gujarat,  Rajasthan  and  Haryana  for  their  valuable  inputs  in  preparing  the  policy  brief.  We  are  also  thankful  to  All  India  Coordinated  Pearl  Millet  Improvement  Project  (AICPMIP)  team,  Jodhpur,  India  and  all  HOPE  targeted  farmers  for sparing their time and inputs. 


More than 60% of the area in India is cultivated in arid and semi-arid conditions characterized by long dry seasons, inadequate and unpredictable rainfall and infertile and fragile soils, which provides around 40% of the food produced (Gulati and Kelley 2000). Farmers here are exposed to harsh agro climatic conditions, as they have to cultivate shallow and poor soils receiving low and erratic rainfall below 600 mm. Recurrent droughts coupled with frequent dry spells further exacerbate the situation. In the last few decades these regions are facing a shrinking natural resource base and land degradation, resulting in low productivity in crop and livestock sectors. This has contributed to increased poverty, malnutrition and indebtedness of smallholder farm families.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Series Name: Policy Brief No. 15
Agro Tags: <b>Agrotags</b> - millets | sorghum | productivity | diseases | area | crops | markets | farmers | foods | marketing <br><b>Fishtags</b> - pearls | drying <br><b>Geopoliticaltags</b> - india | rajasthan | maharashtra | gujarat | karnataka | haryana | centre | principe | asia | south asia
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2011 14:44
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 07:11
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/105
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