Millets - Sorghum, Pearl millet, Finger millet, Small millets (Barnyard, Common, Kodo,Little, Foxtail). All millets, Maize & Barley are known as Coarse cereals


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The Directorate of Millets Development a sub-ordinate office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Cooperation, Government of India came into existence on 1st March, 1971 after re-designation of the Regional Extension Unit of the Directorate of Extension, Ministry of Agriculture , Government of India at Chennai. It was established with an objective to look after the countrys crop production programmes for the development of Maize and Millets. Later during 1988-89, Government of India had launched Special Foodgrains Production Programme to achieve quantum jump in the agriculture production by the end of VII Plan by way of Transfer of Technologies (TOT) to farmers at massive scale with appropriate Inputs. This has redefined and concretized the role of umbrella Organizations under the Department of Agriculture Cooperation including erstwhile Commodity Directorates. Accordingly, a Workshop entitled The Role of Commodity Directorates and the Directorate of Extension was organized at National Centre for Management of Agricultural Extension ( MANAGE), Hyderabad on 17-18th June, 1988. Based on the decisions taken in the Hyderabad Workshop, all the nine Commodity Directorates were restructured and re-designated as Crop Development Directorates (CDDs) retaining their original names with bi-focal responsibilities keeping in view three factors in fore i.e.Farming Systems Approach, Need for Regional Role and Support to Thrust Programmes. As a consequence of re-structuring and with the introduction of Integrated Cereals Development Programme, the Directorate of Millets Development was assigned the responsibility of the Coarse cereals in the year 1995-96.The details of the mandate crops (Coarse cereals) assigned to the Directorate of Millets


Development are given below

  • Sorghum
  • Pearl millet
  • Finger millet
  • Barnyard millet
  • Common millet
  • Foxtail millet
  • Kodo millet
  • Little millet
  • Maize
  • Barley

Coarse cereals are referred to as a group of the following 10 crops

    A. MILLETS
  • Sorghum
  • Pearl millet
  • Finger millet
  • Barnyard millet
  • Foxtail millet
  • Kodo millet
  • Little millet
  • Proso (common)millet
  • B.OTHER COARSE CEREALS
  • Maize
  • Barley

Physio-graphic aberrations and monsoon failure/erratic behavior of monsoon often results in crop failure of coarse cereals particularly in arid and sub-tropics globally leading to hardship to the inhabitants in these regions. Therefore, food supplies are imported from surplus areas in the years of persisting dry spell/drought. Besides this, inhabitants of Coarse cereals growing regions traditionally rear animals for milk/meat purpose to support their livelihood. Animal population also provides Wool/leather to the inhabitants of these areas. The people of these areas are compelled to migrate along with their herds in search of food/fodder for their cattle in the drought years.


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