Products, Diversification, Marketing and Price Discovery of Pearl Millet in India

Singh, N.B. and Saini, R.S. (2012) Products, Diversification, Marketing and Price Discovery of Pearl Millet in India. Documentation. National Rainfed Area Authority, Todapur Village, Pusa, New Delhi.

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Food Security of any nation depends on two important aspects (i)Sufficient production of the food grains (ii) reasonable access to food by its people. India has shown unprecedented food grain production in the last three years. According to fourth advance estimates the total food grain production during 2011-12 was 257.44 million tones which is an all time record in itself. Of the total food grain production, rice and wheat play a dominant share. But the percentage of coarse cereals to the total food grain production is sliding down. In 1960-61 the coarse grains contributed nearly 29% of the total food grains which has come down to about 12.5% during 2011-12. This happened for various reasons like change in food habits, changing cropping system over the years and policies of the Government to incentivize the farmers of wheat and rice through minimum support price and Public Distribution System. As a result the coarse cereals have been further pushed to marginal soils with poor overall profit to farmers. However, for an ever growing population like ours there is a need to expand the food basket through diversification of food products and better awareness about nutritional qualities of coarse cereals. Among coarse cereals pearl millet continues to be an important cereal crop for India.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Author Affiliation: Technical Expert (Agriculture & Horticulture), National Rainfed Area Authority, NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi
Subjects: Plant Production
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Mr B Krishnamurthy
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2015 08:29
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2015 08:29

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