Sorghum and Millet Economies in Asia – Facts, Trends and Outlook

Bhagavatula, S and Rao, P P and Basavaraj, G and Nagaraj, N (2013) Sorghum and Millet Economies in Asia – Facts, Trends and Outlook. Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh.

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The authors express their gratitude to Drs Alistair Orr, Assistant Regional Director, ICRISAT (ESA); PS Birthal, Principal Scientist, National Center for Agricultural Policy Research (NCAP, ICAR) New Delhi; Ashok Kumar, Senior Scientist, Sorghum Breeding, ICRISAT-Patancheru and SK Gupta, Senior Scientist, Pearl Millet Breeding, ICRISAT-Patancheru, for their critical comments and suggestions that helped us bring this report to its present form. They also thank Mr Irshad Mohammed and Mr Ismail Mohammed from Resilient Dryland Systems (RDS) ICRISAT, for spatial analysis using GIS (Arcview).


Sorghum and millets are important cereals that play a significant role in the food and nutrition security of developing countries. Together, they account for 10% of Asia’s coarse grain production. India is the largest producer of sorghum and millets, accounting for over 80% of Asia’s production. However, the yield levels in India are relatively low despite the adoption of improved cultivars and hybrids.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 10:47
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 05:26
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