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Bajra or pearl millet is an important coarse grain crop and considered to be the poor man’s staple nourishment. It is believed to be the native of Africa, from where it spread to India and other countries. It is one of the important crops of South Eastern Asia, China, India, Pakistan, Arabia, Sudan, Russia and Nigeria. In India, it is grown in Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Bajra grains form a staple diet of about 10% population in the country and valuable fodder for cattle.

Bajra crop survives under adverse climatic conditions. It is well adapted to growing areas characterized by drought, low soil fertility, and high temperature. It is grown in low rainfall regions, with annual rainfall ranging from 50-70 centimeters. It is a drought tolerant crop and is suitable for dry farming situations. Moist weather is conducive to growth during its early vegetative period. A temperature range of 20-30°C is best for its growth. It performs well in soils with high salinity or low pH. Because of its tolerance to difficult growing conditions, it can be grown in areas where other cereal crops, such as maize or wheat, would not survive.

In India bajra is grown over an area of 11.34 million hectares with total production of 5.5 million tons. It is grown everywhere in India The local varieties of bajra grow very tall and mature late. The yield of these varieties is also very low. But due to efforts of All India Co-ordinated Research Project several hybrids and composites are now available. These solve the problems of low yielding for farmers.

Nuziveedu Seeds – Giving Bajra Yields a Boost

Nuziveedu Seeds monitors its seed varieties to give the farmer the highest quality. The R&D wing perseveres with the main objective to

  • Develop high yielding hybrids with downey mildew disease resistance/tolerance for different zones
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Some Key Facts of Bajra
  • Bajra (Pennisetum glaucum) is the most widely grown type of millet.
  • It is a less water requirement crop.
  • India is the largest producer.
  • It is a rich source of carbohydrate & micronutrients
  • Roti (made from Bajra has been the primary food of farmers in Gujarat.
Bajra : Pratap – NBH 1134
Plant Height : 160-175 cms
Days to flower : 46-48 days
Days to maturity : 75-78 days
Stem colour and thickness : Green & medium thick
Earhead shape : Conical
Earhead compactness : Very Compact
Earhead length : 25-28 cm
Grain colour : Attractive gray
Grain size and shape : Medium & globular
Tillers/plant : 3-4
Special features : DM tolerant
Bajra : BALWAN – NBH 4903
Plant Height : 220-225 cm
Days to flower : 50-52 days
Days to maturity : 80-85 days
Stem colour and thickness : Green& Thick
Earhead shape : Conical
Earhead compactness : compact
Earhead length : 30-32 cm
Grain colour : Attractive light gray
Grain size and shape : Medium bold and globular
Tillers/plant : 2-3
Special features : Tolerant to downy mildew disease,

Last Updated on : February 22, 2017