Development of a National Pearl Millet Breeding Program for Namibia

Ipinge, S A and Lechner, W R and Monyo, E S (1996) Development of a National Pearl Millet Breeding Program for Namibia. In: Drought-tolerant crops for southern Africa: Proceedings of the SADC/ICRISAT Regional Sorghum and Pearl Millet Workshop, 25-29 July 1994, Gaborone, Botswana.

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Pearl millet accounts for 24% of total calorie intake as compared with 23% for maize and 13% for wheat (SADC Food Security Bulletin 1991). It plays an important role in the diet of Namibians and is widely grown in 7 of Namibia's 13 political regions which cover an estimated 355 200 ha of land (pers. comm. Namibia Ministry of Agriculture 1994). Except for the diminishing rainfall as one moves from the eastern part of Namibia (Caprivi) to western Omusati, most of the country's pearl millet belt lies in the same belt as the millet-growing areas of Zimbabwe,.where improved SADC pearl millet materials have been developed and tested. With support from the Namibian government and extra financial support from CIDA, SMIP assisted in the establishment of a pearl millet breeding program, concentrating initially on exploiting local germplasm and a few introduced cultivars that are adapted to Namibia's conditions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2011 12:59
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 12:59
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