Millets Cultivation in Non-Conventional Zone- Practices, Possibilities and Prospects
Amit Anil Shahane1* and Yashbir Singh Shivay2
1Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture (CAU, Imphal), Kyrdemkulai, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya, India
2Division of Agronomy, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
*Corresponding Author: Amit Anil Shahane, Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture (CAU, Imphal), Kyrdemkulai, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya, India.
April 20, 2023; Published: June 11, 2023
The millets are highlighted in recent years due to their climate resilient nature, nutritional superiority over major cereals and policy interventions; considering this, the potential of millets to grow in organic production system at commercial scale in new or non-conventional area needs attention. The Meghalaya is known for diversified soil, land topography, climatic condition and crop diversity. The production systems are dominated by traditional knowledge and practice with organic production system which can be utilized for searching new interventions in millet cultivation under organic production system at commercial level. This review summarise the prospects of millets with special reference to their nutritional and ecological significance, recommended production practices and interventions for promotion of millet cultivation under organic production system with special reference to Meghalaya. The varietal evaluation following recommendation given at national level, exploring the possibility of organic seed production, identification of economic viability of different millets in non-conventional area and upscaling of processing and value addition of millets products need to given importance for successful cultivation of millets in new non-conventional area.
Keywords: Pearl Millet; Finger Millet; Organic Farming; Meghalaya
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