Current Status And Strategy For Promoting Hybrid Sorghum And Pearl Millet Technology

Hash, C T (1994) Current Status And Strategy For Promoting Hybrid Sorghum And Pearl Millet Technology. In: Hybrid Research and Development Needs in Major Cereals in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1994, Bangkok.

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4.1 Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and millets are important source8 of food, feed and fodder in the Asia-Pacific region. Several millets are grown, with the predominant species including proso millet (Panicum miliaceum) in the former USSR, foxtail millet (Setaria italica) in China, finger millet (Eleunine' coracana) in Nepal, and pearl millet (Pennineturn glaucum) in India, Pakistan, and Yemen (Rachie, 1975) . In this region, sorghum and pearl millet grain crops are most important in economies of the large semi-arid tracts of the Indian sub-continent. The use of these grass species for fodder, especially sorghum and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids, is much more widely distributed. In climates where their maturing grains are not exposed to high humidity and/or rainfall, ,these cereals are important sources of carbohydrates in human diets, especially in rural areas. In these areas, stover from sorghum and pearl millet grain crops is often an important source of dry season maintenance rations for livestock. In parts of the region having higher rainfall or higher humidity, and in areas where prices of other grains are subsidized, food use of sorghum and millets is limited.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2011 13:27
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 13:27
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