MIAC Consultant Report 1996

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1996
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institiute
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An increased emphasis in the food technology aspect of the KARI Sorghum/ Millet program has arisen due to a number of factors. The main one being that, although it appears to be well recognized that sorghum and the millets will over time produce better than maize in semi-arid marginal lands, farmers are still reluctant to cultivate more land to these crops because there is no ready outlet for surplus grain. Alao, many farmers who now inhabit the sem-arid lowlands in Kenya came from Maixe-producing regions anda rae, thus, unfamiliar with basic preparation of sorghum- and millet-based foods. This may add to a farmer's reluctance to grow sorghum or mi9llt. New processing technologies, therefore, would allow the promotion ot hte grain, permit farmers to sell surplus grain, and eventually provide stable markets for sorghum and millets.
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