Millet Cultivation: choice of crop and seeds, practices to improve quality of crop, perspectives of yield and productivity
Tuesday, May 22nd 2020. 3 PM to 4 PM (Indian Std Time)
When looking to take up millet cultivation, farmers are often faced with a situation where they have no guidance and have to work off very little information, or a large amount of information is dumped on them and they have to find their way through. Getting a grasp of the guiding principles behind looking to bring millets back to the farms – improving access to nutritious food within the producer community, sustainable farming within a plan to move towards sustainable food systems – will help farmers identify ways to seek out specific information or to sift through available data to make better decisions. We shall discuss what would be some of the early steps in implementing these principles with regard to choice of crop & seeds, and cultivation practices.
As shared in the earlier sessions on nutrition & value addition or on grain characteristics, in the webinar on millet cultivation, we shall try to communicate the essence, motivations and stories touching on the why and what so that the how of millet cultivation will make more sense to those taking up or returning to millets and that too millet cultivation.
Anchor/Moderator: Susanta Choudhary
Susanta Choudhary is the Regional coordinator (Research) in WASSAN, Odisha. He has completed a M.Sc (Botany) and M.phil (tribal studies). He has worked for 20 years on traditional rice in the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. He has published 25 papers in national and International journals and has been awarded two national awards for two papers by Asian Agri-history.
Speaker: Dr. Dwiji Guru
Dwiji is a serial entrepreneur, technology developer, researcher, and advocate for sustainable food systems. Dwiji consult for and work with various stakeholders – from farmers to consumers – on dry land farming, processing, specializing in various aspects of millets spanning a broad spectrum from cultivation practices, processing, cooking to nutrition.
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Please note that registration closes at 10 AM of the day of the webinar. In case you are reading this after the registration closed, you can still participate by joining us on the YouTube Livestream.
We request all registrants to please check their email for the link to join the webinar session. Do join the webinar early – we have had an overwhelming response with 570+ registrations so far. The webinar technology platform license allows for limited attendees only. So in case you receive a message that the webinar is full, please join us through the YouTube livestream (details below). Volunteers shall be the watching the Q&A section of the webinar platform and the comments section of YouTube Livestream and relaying questions and comments to the moderator and speaker.
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From the session
Previous sessions in KMW 2020
- May 4th – Community centric approach – cultivation, processing, consumption
- May 7th – Cooking Characteristics & insights on millet dishes
- May 10th – Millets and Agro-bio, food, and nutritional diversity – past, present and future
- May 13th – Millet Processing – Principles, Techniques and Challenges
- May 16th – Grain characteristics- structural, nutritional & storage
- May 19th – The ecological and cultural value of millets – who grew and continue to; how and why do they continue