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Millets: a solution to agrarian and nutritional challenges

Author:
Kumar, Ashwani, Tomer, Vidisha, Kaur, Amarjeet, Kumar, Vikas, Gupta, Kritika
Source:
Agriculture & food security 2018 v.7 no.1 pp. 31
ISSN:
2048-7010
Subject:
agricultural land, antioxidants, arid lands, climate change, crop production, crops, deficiency diseases, essential fatty acids, food security, irrigation, millets, minerals, nutritive value, phytopharmaceuticals, rice, vitamins, wheat
Abstract:
World is facing agrarian as well as nutritional challenges. Agricultural lands with irrigation facilities have been exploited to maximum, and hence we need to focus on dry lands to further increase grain production. Owing to low fertility, utilization of dry lands to produce sufficient quality grains is a big challenge. Millets as climate change compliant crops score highly over other grains like wheat and rice in terms of marginal growing conditions and high nutritional value. These nutri-cereals abode vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, phyto-chemicals and antioxidants that can help to eradicate the plethora of nutritional deficiency diseases. Millets cultivation can keep dry lands productive and ensure future food and nutritional security.
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5934736