Some agroclimatic aspects of sorghum and millet production in India


  • SJ MASKE Meteorological Office, Pune
  • RP SAMUI Meteorological Office, Pune



Studies of sorghum and millet spread and yield indices in Indian districts juxtaposed with water balance revealed that sorghum and millet are extensively cultivated in semi-arid region having an average positive water balance of 1-3 months or receiving an average annual rainfall of 400 to 1000 mm,

Drought in the growing period is the major constraint to sorghum production in semi-arid region of India, but low temperature in the rabi season (October-March) is also a problem especially in the northern region. A comparison between sorghum and millet production in northern India and the January mean temperature shows that sorghum and millet crops do not do well in areas where the January mean temperature is below 15°C.




How to Cite

S. MASKE and R. SAMUI, “Some agroclimatic aspects of sorghum and millet production in India”, MAUSAM, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 209–212, Apr. 1987.



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