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Cultivation of Millets-for All Agriculture Exams IBPS ADO, RAEO, JRF SRF

Cultivation of Millets-for All Agriculture Exams IBPS ADO, RAEO, JRF SRF

This exam facts are from famous book: Handbook of Agriculture published by I C A R 

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Importance of Millets

  • Millets are small-seeded annuals belonging to the family Poaceae.
  • Millets were the firstcrops to be cultivated prior to plough age.(This is asked in ICAR J R F 2022)
  • The millets are categorized as major and minor millets based on size of seeds and the extent of cultivation.
  • Sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet are considered as the major millets.(This is asked in ICAR J R F 2022)
  • Minor millets are foxtail millet, proso millet, barnyard millet, kodo millet, little millet
  • Realizing the excellent nutritional composition of grains, millets are now called nutritious grains or nutri cereals. (This is asked in IBPS Agriculture Field Officer Exam 2022)
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  • Among the rainfed crops, millets as a group figure prominently.
  • India is one of the major producers of millets in the world. 
  • The predominant millets grown in India are 

1. Sorghum (jowar) 

2. Pearl millet (bajra)

3. Finger millet (ragi) (This is asked in ICAR J R F 2019)

4. Kodo millet (kodo)

5. Proso millet (cheena) 

6. Little millet (kutki)

7. Foxtail millet (kangni) 

8. Barnyard millet (sawa)

  • Barnyard millet, little millet and kodo millet are endemically domesticated in the Indian subcontinent.
  • Millets are warm weather grasses belonging to the C4 group of plants.(This is asked in ICAR J R F 2020)
  • Millets has been a gradual reduction in the cultivated area of millets in the country.
  • Millet production has increased because of the near doubling of productivity from less than 500 kilogram per hectare to around 1,000 kilogram per hectare in the last 5 decades.
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  • Among millets, the productivity is highest in finger millet (around 1,500 kilogram per hectare) followed by sorghum ( 1,000 kilogram per hectare), pearl millet (750 kilogram per hectare).


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