Sorghum and Pearl Millet Economy of India: Future Outlook and Options

Nagaraj, N and Basavaraj, G and Parthasarathy Rao, P and Bantilan, C and Haldar, S (2013) Sorghum and Pearl Millet Economy of India: Future Outlook and Options. Economic and political weekly, XLVIII (52). pp. 74-81. ISSN 0012-9976

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Coarse cereals such as pearl millet and sorghum, the hardiest and least risky cereals, are mainly grown in India's arid and semi-arid regions. These crops possess high nutritive and fodder value and are primarily consumed by their producers. On the supply side, there has been a large shift in the area under cultivation to rice and wheat and other commercial crops. On the demand side, the distribution of rice and wheat at subsidised prices through the public distribution system has led to a fall in the consumption of sorghum and millets. The decline in cultivated area could result in a problem for the livestock sector in many regions. It is crucial that the sorghum and millet sector be supported by strong government policies and programmes for food, fodder, and better nutrition through value addition and demand creation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Market Institutions and Policies
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coarse cereals; Pearl millet; Sorghum; Structural Constraints; Government Support
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets > Pearl Millet
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 07:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 09:06
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