Future Outlook and Options for Target Crops: The Sorghum and Pearl millet Economy of India uri icon

abstract

  • More than 60% of the area in India is cultivated inarid and semi-arid conditions characterized by longdry seasons, inadequate and unpredictable rainfall andinfertile and fragile soils, which provides around 40% ofthe food produced (Gulati and Kelley 2000). Farmershere are exposed to harsh agro climatic conditions, asthey have to cultivate shallow and poor soils receiving lowand erratic rainfall below 600 mm. Recurrent droughtscoupled with frequent dry spells further exacerbate thesituation. In the last few decades these regions are facinga shrinking natural resource base and land degradation,resulting in low productivity in crop and livestock sectors.This has contributed to increased poverty, malnutritionand indebtedness of smallholder farm families

publication date

  • 2012