Barnyard millet

Barnyard Millet

Barnyard millet (Echinochloa crus-galli, E. colona), is a short duration crop that can grow in adverse environmental conditions with almost no input and can withstand various biotic and abiotic stresses. In addition to these agronomic advantages, the grains are valued for their high nutritional value and lower expense as compared to major cereals like rice, wheat, and maize.


It contains a rich source of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and, most notably, micronutrients like iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) that are related to numerous health benefits. All these features make barnyard millet an ideal supplementary crop for subsistence farmers and as an alternate crop during the failure of monsoons in rice/major crop cultivating areas.


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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: January 31, 2023

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