Millets are the group of variable small-seeded grasses widely grown as cereal crop and has been cultivated from pre-historic period. Millets are important in semiarid tropics of Asia. Most of the millets are of short duration taking 3 – 4 months from sowing to harvesting under dry, high-temperature conditions. They are highly tolerant to drought and other extreme weather conditions. Millets has incredibly rich composition of nutrients. Millets play a role in preventing and curing several health issues.

The most commonly cultivated millets are:

  • Finger millet - Eleusine coracana
  • Sorghum - Sorghum bicolor
  • Pearl millet - Pennisetum Glaucum
  • Foxtail millet - Setaria Italica
  • Proso millet - Panicum miliaceum
  • Barnyard millet - Echinochloa crusgalli
  • Kodo millet - Paspalum scrobiculatum
  • Little millet - Panicum sumatrense