Effect of improved crop production technologies in enhancing sorghum productivity in rainfed areas of Mahbubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh uri icon

abstract

  • Mahabubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh state of India isa drought prone area, classified as ?rain shadow area? andreceives an average annual rainfall of 587 mm. Thedistrict falls under hot moist semi-arid Agro-EcologicalSub Region (AESR) as per National Bureau of SoilSurvey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP). Erraticrainfall, frequent dry spells, low soil fertility,inappropriate soil and water management practicescausing land degradation, and declining land : man ratioare some of the important problems faced by the farmersin the district. Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and pearlmillet (Pennisetum glaucum) are two important andpredominant crops grown in the district. TheInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-AridTropics (ICRISAT) is executing a project on ?EnhancedUtilization of Sorghum and Pearl Millet Grains in PoultryFeed Industry to Improve Livelihoods of Small-ScaleFarmers in Asia? in coalition with other partners. It isfunded by Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) andFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO) (CFC/FIG/32). One of the activities of the projectis to enhance sorghum crop productivity and improvelivelihood opportunities through improved productiontechnologies using convergence and coalition of institutions

publication date

  • 2007