The Prospects of Growing Proso Millett In Arid and Semi Arid Areas of Kenya

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1983
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Penninkhoff
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Proso millet (panicum miliaceum 1.) has had little attention from agronomists and plant breeders in the East African Region. The programme of the East African Agriculture and Forestry Organization at Serere (Uganda) carried out a few variety trials in the early 1970s. but results have not been recorded in their annual reports (Thairu. personal communication). In Kenya. proso-millet breeding started only in 1980 with the evaluation of 191 introduced and 2 locally collected varieties (M·Ragwa. 1981). The crop is one of the least water-requiring of the cereals with 200- 300 mm of rainfall supporting a crop. Its short duration also makes it possible for proso millet to escape drought (Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. 1981).
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 44, p. 298-305