Minor millets back on the farms

Farmers in Bangarpet and Chintamani taluks in Karnataka went in for cultivating climate resilient nutrition rich millet crops. The millets not only offer food security but also are considered nutrition rich and resilient.

Minor coarse millets like samai (E-360 and CL-203) were cultivated by farmers harvesting around 3-3.5 q/ac. This was achieved in spite of severe drought of 45 days during September and October. In order to popularize the minor millets, which are almost in the brink of extinction, farmers were encouraged to try out navane and haraka.