Pearl Millet Technology Adoption and Impact Study in Maharashtra, Research Report No 71

Kumara Charyulu, D and Moses Shyam, D and Bantilan, C and Borikar, S T and Gupta, S K and Rai, K N (2017) Pearl Millet Technology Adoption and Impact Study in Maharashtra, Research Report No 71. Technical Report. ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana, India.

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Research Program : Asia

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The authors are highly thankful to the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for providing the financial support to undertake this research activity. We sincerely acknowledge the technical support and guidance provided by Dr K Purna Chandra Rao, Former Principal Scientist (VLS), ICRISAT in implementation of this activity. Authors are also thankful to anonymous reviewers of the report for sparing their valuable time and providing the constructive suggestions. Our special thanks are to Dr SP Wani, Director, Research Program on Asia and Dr KV Raju, Theme Leader on Policy and Impact for their motivation and encouragement for bringing this manuscript into existence. Last but not least, we owe all the 360 respondent farmers for their cooperation during the surveys, their warm hospitality and for sparing their valuable time for us.


The area under pearl millet cultivation in Maharashtra is concentrated in nine districts, and together they have more than 90% share in area and production of pearl millet. The coverage of pearl millet area in Maharashtra by improved cultivars was near total. In this background, the present study was taken up to assess the adoption of hybrids and improved varieties and their impact on the incomes and living standards of farmers through a detailed survey of 360 sample households drawn from 60 villages belonging to 20 tehsils from nine districts. The sample for the field survey was concentrated in Nashik, Ahmednagar and Beed districts, with lower allocations to Aurangabad, Pune, Dhule, Jalgaon, Sangli and Satara districts. Three-fourths of the sample farmers belonged to Western Maharashtra (WMH) region and the remaining one-fourth to the Marathwada (MTW) region. The field survey was carried out during 2013 and the household data pertained to the cropping year 2012-13...

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pearl Millet, Technology Adoption, Maharashtra, Dryland Cereals, Impact Study, Millet
Subjects: Others > Impact Assessment
Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Millets > Pearl Millet
Others > Drylands Agriculture
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Others > Indian Agriculture
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 03:47
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 03:47
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