Emerging research priorities in pearl millet

Rai, K N and Yadav, O P and Gupta, S K and Mahala, R S and Gupta, S K (2012) Emerging research priorities in pearl millet. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research, 10. pp. 1-5. ISSN 0973-3094

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Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) is grown on more than 27 million ha in some of the most marginal environments of Africa (17 million ha) and Asia (10 million ha) with India having the largest area (9 million ha). Based on the rainfall patterns and the latitude, pearl millet area in India is divided into three agroclimatic zones: the arid zone (A1 zone) in northwestern India, which includes parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, receiving <400 mm of the annual rainfall; the A zone, which includes the remainder of northern and western India; and B zone in peninsular India, receiving >400 mm annual rainfall (Yadav et al. 2011). Farmers in these three zones have varied plant and grain trait preferences, which change over time in response to changes in the farming systems, consumer needs and environmental factors. This calls for periodic reprioritization of plant and grain traits.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 08:06
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 08:06
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/6248
Official URL: http://ejournal.icrisat.org/index.htm
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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