The Eleusines: a review of the world literature

Rachic, K O and Peters, L R V (1977) The Eleusines: a review of the world literature. Manual. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

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Ragi, or finger millet (FAeusine coracana Gaertn.) also known in English as birdsfoot, coracana, and African millet; in India as nagli; in Ethiopia as dagussa; and in East Africa in Swahili as wimbe is cultivated for human food in Africa and southern Asia. Among the millets of the world, ragi ranks fourth after the Pennisetums, or pearl millet; foxtail millet, Setaria itatica, and Panicum miliaceum or proso millet. It is estimated to comprise approximately 8% of the area and 1 1% of the production of all millets in the world. Perhaps million metric tons of grain are produced annually on as much as five million hectares throughout the world; almost the entire production is confined to Africa and to Asia. India alone produces between 40 and 45% of the total world production, and most of the rest of ragi millet is produced in Central Africa. In India, the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh produce most of the ragi crop. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu produce about 6 1% of the total crop. The southeastern area of Karnataka adjoining regions of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh produce the bulk of the Indian crop. However, ragi is also grown, to a more limited extent, along the Western Ghats of southwest India and in the foothills of the Himalayas; in fact, some production extends along the hills of southern Asia as far east as China.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2011 12:29
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 04:20
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