Linking producers and processors–sorghum for poultry feed: a case study from India

Rao, P P and Reddy, K G and Reddy, B V S and Gowda, C L L and Rao, C L N and Bhavaniprasad, A (2008) Linking producers and processors–sorghum for poultry feed: a case study from India. In: Sorghum improvement in the new millennium. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, 289-299 . ISBN 978-92-9066-512-0

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Global production of sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] is currently estimated at 57.6 million tons, with Asian countries contributing 20% of this total [FAOSTAT 2002−04 (ave.)]. Within Asia, India is the largest producer of sorghum, producing 7.3 million t. Sorghum in India is grown in the rainy-season (June-October) and in the postrainy season (September-January). Rainy-season sorghum accounts for about 60% of total sorghum production (CMIE 2004). Resource-poor, smallscale producers in the semi-arid tropics (SAT) with less than one-hectare land grow sorghum, to meet household requirements of food and fodder. Thus, sorghum is an important food security crop in a wide range of marginal areas in India. The importance of the crop is enhanced due to its stover, which is an important source of dry fodder for draft and dairy animals (Kelley et al. 1993, Kelley and Parthasarathy Rao 1994, Hall and Yoganand 2000).

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