Millets, Indian Food Crop - Informative & researched article on Millets, Indian Food Crop
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Food


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
History of India|Indian Temples|Indian Museums|Indian Literature|Geography of India|Flora & Fauna|Indian Purans|Indian Philosophy|Indian Administration|Indian Languages|Education
Home > Reference > Geography of India > Indian Vegetation > Indian Crops > Indian Food Crops > Millets
Millets, Indian Food Crop
Millets like Jowar, Bajra and Ragi comprise a major food source in India and the country is the largest producer of the coarse grains.
 
 Millets, Indian Food CropMillets, seeded grains or cereal crops, are used as a major food crop in India and are used for various purposes. Millets have protein content higher than both Wheat and Rice individually. Millets form a major food source in the country. Moreover, millets are also used as fodder and bird-food. It can also be used for locally prepared alcoholic drinks. There are different types of millets found in India like-
* Finger millet (known as Mandwa or Ragi)
* Buckwheat millet (known as Kuttu)
* Foxtail millet (known as Thinai in Tamil Nadu)
* Pearl millet (known as Bajra)
* Amaranthus millet
* Proso millet

The common Indian Barnyard Millet, also known as Sanwa millet, is also widely cultivated through out the country.

Millets like Jowar (sorghum), Bajra and Ragi are also called coarse grains. They are Kharif crops and are chiefly rain-fed crops, requiring hardly any irrigational facilities. Unlike rice, they grow in less rainy areas in the following order- Ragi, which grows mostly in damp areas; Jowar, which grows in moist areas and Bajra grows in dry areas. Ragi, which requires comparatively more rain, is grown usually in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Jowar is mostly cultivated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Bajra is grown in the drier parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and south-west Uttar Pradesh.

India leads the world in production of millets. In 2007, India produced 10,610,000 tonnes of Millets, becoming the highest producer around the globe. The region under these crops has not amplified much in the recent years.

This article is a stub. You may enrich it by adding more information to it. You can send your write-up at content@indianetzone.com

(Last Updated on : 14/03/2012)
More Articles in Indian Food Crops  (8)
 
Rice  
 
Wheat  
 
 
Maize  
 
Pulses  
 
 
 
Jowar  
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Food
Rasabali
Rasabali is an Oriya recipe that has its roots in the Kendrapara region.
Almond Kheer
Almond kheer is a nutritious sweet dish but diabetic patients should eat it with caution.
Savoury Crackers or Matthi
Matthi or Savoury Crackers are delicious and very good appetizer.
Indian Dry Sweets
A wide variety of delicious Indian Dry Sweets are prepared in India. These form an important part of the traditions of India where festivals remain incomplete without them.
Regional Sweets of India
Regional sweets of India are immensely popular throughout the nation and are made in several techniques.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on Geography of India
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Society
 
 
Millets, Indian Food Crop - Informative & researched article on Millets, Indian Food Crop
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.