Insect and other Animal Pests of Millets

Sharma, H C and Davies, J C (1988) Insect and other Animal Pests of Millets. Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Pearl millet is a staple cereal best suited to the harsh climate of the seasonally hot, frequently drought prone semi-arid regions of Africa and the Indian subcontinent. It is grown on an estimated 26m ha in these two regions and constitutes the major staple crop in the Sahelian region of West Africa. Considerable advances have been made in grain yields on other crops such as rice, wheat and corn - crops that are extensively cultivated in areas with favorable soil and climatic conditions and high technological —inputs. - Pearl millet and sorghum are usually cultivated in poor soils with little or no inputs by poor farmers. However, pearl millet is highly adaptable, providing sustainable yields under extreme environmental and biotic stress conditions * This crop has the potential to feed several millions of the poorest people of the semi-arid tropics and thus reduce the economic imbalance in those countries that are today highly dependent on food imports. The importance which ICRISAT attaches to this crop is evidednced by the establishment of the regional ICRISAT Sahelian Center at Sadore, near Niamey, NIGER. Among the major constraints to millet production, insect pests diseases, birds and rodents cause severe yield a crop that provides considerable calories and protein in human diets. By providing a comprehensive overview of the major pests of pearl millet, this book will meet the requirements of several scientists, technicians and extension agents actively involved in the improvement of this crop especially in countries where it is the major staple crop.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 08:37
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 08:37
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