Advances in Kodo Millet Research
ABOUT THE BOOK: Kodo millet (Paspalum scrobiculatum
L.) is one of the small grain cereals with cultivation history of more than
3,000 years in Indian sub-continent. Wider adaptability, easy cultivation,
ability to tolerate the biotic and abiotic stresses have made this crop as a
major component of dry farming ecosystem. The crop is not as important in terms
of world food production but it is essential as a food in their agro-ecosystem.
In India, the cultivation of kodo millet is quite widespread. The crop is grown with substantial area in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Inspite of declining area, during last four decades, the production has been more or less maintained by increased productivity.
Recognizing the need of kodo millet in sustainable agriculture, ICAR initiated All-India Co-ordinated Small Millets Improvement Project in 1986 in collaboration with State Agricultural Universities. This multi-disciplinary approach has generated new technologies for boosting the productivity of kodo millet substantially. However, the impact of these technologies is marginal with wide research and extension gaps. The new production technologies have not reached to the growers in a meaningful way. Infact, most of the research findings have remained scattered and probably confined to scientific reports. This compilation brings together, perhaps for the first time, all the relevant research in kodo millet. It is hoped that the compiled information will be useful not only to the growers, but the research workers and planners who are interested in raising the sustainability, stability and productivity of kodo millet.
Thanks are due to Dr A Seetharam, the former Project Co-ordinator (Small millets), UAS, GKVK, Bangalore for necessary encouragement to compile this work. We wish to record the sincere gratitude to Dr R C Gautam, Dean and Joint Director, IARI, New Delhi for going through the manuscript and making valuable suggestions for the improvement.
The authors are indebted to Dr Panjab Singh, Dr G B Singh, the former and Dr D P Singh, the present Hon'ble Vice-Chancellors, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur for their motivation, encouragement and constant support.
Thanks are also due to the authorities of JNKVV, Jabalpur namely, Dr R K Gupta, Dr R A Khan, Dr V S Tomar and Dr C B Singh for their help and support in bringing out this publication.
AUTHOR: H. S. Yadava & A. K. Jain | ISBN: 9788171640621 | YEAR: 2006 | PAGES: 95 | SIZE: 15.5 x 24 x 0.5 cm. | BINDING: Paper Back | LANGUAGE: English
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
1. H S YADAVA Principal Scientist and Head Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya R.A.K. College of Agriculture Sehore (Madhya Pradesh).
2. A K JAIN Senior Scientist Department of Plant Pathology Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya College of Agriculture, Rewa (Madhya Pradesh)
2 Origin and Botany
3 Genetic Improvement
4 Crop Production
5 Crop Protection
6 Seed Production
7 Processing and Utilization
8 Socio-economic Analysis