Perceptions and Adoption Decisions of Farmers in Cultivation of Improved Pearl Millet Cultivars - A Study in Tamil Nadu uri icon


  • Pearl millet is grown in about 10 million hectares in India producing 7 million tonnes of grains (Government of India. 1996). It is grown in most of the states in India but is found to have concentrated in nine states, namely. Rajastl-ian, Gujarat. Haryana. Maharashtra. Uttar Pradesh. Tamil Nadu. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. thus showing its adaptability not only across physio-geographic but also across socio-economic environments and its resilience to grow in most unfavourable el'tvironmenb such as parts of Rajasthan.! The key feature. however, is th~t 'the crop is largely grown in dry and marginal lands. on which the poor depend for their livelihood. Increasil1g the production of this coarse cereal means ensuring food security to the millions of poor who largely live in backward and resource-poor regions of India

publication date

  • 1999