Linking producers and processors?sorghum for poultry feed: a case study from India uri icon

abstract

  • Global production of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is currently estimatedat 57.6 million tons, with Asian countries contributing 20% of this total (FAOSTAT2002?04 (ave.)). Within Asia, India is the largest producer of sorghum, producing7.3 million t. Sorghum in India is grown in the rainy-season (June-October) andin the postrainy season (September-January). Rainy-season sorghum accountsfor about 60% of total sorghum production (CMIE 2004). Resource-poor, smallscaleproducers in the semi-arid tropics (SAT) with less than one-hectare land growsorghum, to meet household requirements of food and fodder. Thus, sorghum isan important food security crop in a wide range of marginal areas in India. Theimportance of the crop is enhanced due to its stover, which is an important source ofdry fodder for draft and dairy animals (Kelley et al. 1993, Kelley and ParthasarathyRao 1994, Hall and Yoganand 2000)

publication date

  • 2008