Wednesday, April 20, 2016

‘Focus on developing high yielding varieties of small millets’

Stressing on the importance of millets in improving human health condition, scientists and agricultural researchers asserted that developing small millets, based on a climatic approach, could increase their production.
Speaking during the valedictory session of the three-day annual group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on small millets, at the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), here on Tuesday, participants discussed on a whole range of issues such as crop production, management and protection. “Research must be focused on developing new high yielding varieties in small millets. As they are climate resilient, research must be focused on time of sowing, spacing, cropping systems, fertilizer and nutrient management etc.,” they added.
In addition to this, the researchers also remarked that developing processing units for millets could develop entrepreneurship and rural employment among women. They also stressed on popularising production technologies in small millets among farmers. RARS Associate Director of Research Dr. T.C.M. Naidu, SV University Professor D.V.R. Saigopal and several others took part.
All India Coordinated Research Project’s annual meeting ends

Source : The Hindu

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