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    Sorghum contains about 10.4% protein, 1.9% fat,
    72.6% carbohydrates and about 1.6% minerals
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    Pearl Millet
    Pearl Millet contains about 11.6% protein, 5% fat,
    67.5% carbohydrates and about 2.3% minerals
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    Proso Millet
    Proso Millet contains about 12.5% protein, 1.1% fat,
    70.4% carbohydrates and about 1.9% minerals
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    Finger Millet
    Finger Millet contains about 7.3% protein, 1.3% fat,
    72.0% carbohydrates and about 2.7% minerals


India is one of the important consumer and producer of Nutri-cereals in the world. Group of crops comprising sorghum (Jowar), pearl millet (Bajra), finger millet (Ragi/Mandua) and small millets viz; little millet (Kutki), kodo millet (Kodo), barnyard millet (Sawa/Jhangora), foxtail millet (Kangni/Kakun), proso millet (Cheena) all together comes under Millets which is now called as ‘Nutri-Cereals’ due to their high nutritive value. Nutri-cereals were important crops in the country with higher area coverage as compared to wheat and rice before green revolution period. After launching green revolution, the area of Nutri-cereals drastically reduced due to shifting of irrigated area from Nutri-cereals to more remunerative crops like rice, wheat and sugarcane. At present, Nutri-cereals are grown in resource poor agro-climatic regions, hilly & tribal areas of the country in rainfed conditions. Nutri-cereals are known for nutri-rich content and having characteristics like drought tolerance, photo-insensitivity and resilient to climate change etc. Nutri-cereals are grown in arid and semi-arid tracts under low rainfall (200-600 mm) conditions, where fine cereals like wheat and rice cannot be grown profitably.


  • To bring about a rapid growth in the food, feed and industrial application of maize and maize based products, leading to the generation of wealth, employment in farming and industrial sector, that would usher in prosperity for all those who are directly or indirectly associated with maize cultivation and utilization.

  • Basic and strategic research aimed at enhancement of productivity and production of maize,including specialty corn.
    Coordination of multi-disciplinary and multilocation research to identify appropriate technologies for varied agro-climatic conditions.
    Dissemination of improved technologies, capacity building and developing linkages.

DMD, Jaipur, Rajasthan

A workshop entitled “The Role of Crops Directorates in the context of new agriculture strategy” was organized at National Centre for Management of Agricultural Extension (MANAGE), Hyderabad on 18-19th April, 1989 which was chaired by the then Secretary (A&C), Ministry of Agriculture. Based on the decisions taken in the workshop keeping in view three factors i.e. “Farming Systems Approach”, “Need for Regional Role” and “Support to thrust programmes”, all the nine Commodity Directorates were restructured and re-designated as Crop Development Directorates (CDDs) retaining their original names with bi-focal responsibilities i.e. (i) for the respective specified Nodal crops for the country as a whole and (ii) for all major crops in the states assigned to each CDDs. Consequent upon re-organization of Commodity Directorates, the functions of the Crop Development Directorates were rationalized and uniform staff pattern introduced in the CDDs.

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