Dear Sir, My native place is Hangal, Dist: Haveri in Karnataka, in our area we are facing challange of uncertain rainfall, does millets can be a better choice in such circumstances? If yes, I request for your guidance in cultivation of millets, since we have 3 acres of dry land (dependent on rain fall)
Yes, millets are dry land, rain fed crops that can survive extended dry spells and deal reasonably well with down pours too. There are a few farmers groups in Haveri Dt. cultivating millets. I shall email you their contacts, do get in touch with them directly.
Earth 360 in Kadiri, Dt. Anantapur, AP does process Kodo millets to edible forms. Please contact Dinesh (email@example.com) to get more details. But given the distance, it may not be practical … unless there is say a truck load that you can send and get it back in a couple of days. You would need to work out the details in consultation with Dinesh.
I would suggest finding a good storage space first and securing the grains. Then get a group together to start learning millet processing and set up a millet processing unit in one of the production centers. As I mentioned in the earlier comment, I shall get in touch with you in the next few days.
Thanks. Appreciate if Dinesh Mobile number can be passed on and the approx cost of setting up a kodo millet unit. In our area Satna Rewa in MP the vagaries of monsoon and weather have shaken the confidence in modern crops which are so very sensitive. Every year govt is distributing compensation to kisans so that they do not commit suicide ! I would like to try and support the old millet and traditional grains which are now proven healthier and better than the so called modern seeds. Cancer in villages which was so rare has grown phenomenally thanks to the change in eating content and pollution from cement factories using fly ash, So has the cardio vascular diseases. I look forward to some more information and am ready to invest in promoting the millet and organic farming and their uses in daily lives. Regards Avinash
Dear Avinash Sir, it was great talking to you earlier in the week. As discussed, we will continue the conversation over email and phone and more importantly, look to reviving millet cultivation and consumption in the Satna-Rewa area.