Saturday, September 26

PERL MILLET (Pennisetum glaucum) Introduction, Climatic and soil requirements, Recommended varieties, Spacing, Irrigation,Weed management, Pests and diseases

Introduction

Pearl millet is the most widely grown type of millet. It has been grown in Indian subcontinent and Africa the since prehistoric times. Today pearl millet is grown on over 260,000 km2 of land worldwide. It accounts for approximately 50% of the total world production of millets.

Climatic and soil requirements

Pearl millet is well adapted to growing areas characterized by drought, low soil fertility, and high temperature. It performs well in soils with high salinity or low pH.

Recommended varieties

No specific recommended varieties.

Spacing

  • 45 cm x 15 cm

Irrigation

After seeding in every 4 – 5 days until seedlings are established. Irrigate weekly interval during the dry period.

Weed management

Hand weeding should be practiced.

Pests and diseases

Pests

  • Stem borer

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