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>Bajra (PEAR MILLET) in my book FOOTPRINTS…


“ಸಜ್ಜೆ (Sajje in Kannada); கம்பு (Kambu in Tamil); बाजरा (Bajra in Urdu,Punjabi and Hindi), बाजरी (Bajri in Marathi), సజ్జలు (Sajjalu in Telugu)

Pearl millet is well adapted to production systems characterized by drought, low soil fertility, and high temperature. It performs well in soils with high salinity or low pH. Because of its tolerance to difficult growing conditions, it can be grown in areas where other cereal crops, such as maize or wheat, would not survive.
In its traditional growing areas in India and many African countries, pearl millet is consumed in the form of leavened or unleavened breads, porridges, boiled or steamed foods, and (alcoholic) beverages. In the Sahel and elsewhere in West Africa, pearl millet is an important ingredient of couscous. The stalks are a valued building material, fuel and livestock feed.

India is the largest producer of pearl millet. It is primarily consumed in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan
My book describes a little bit about Bajra swathes in Bihar, in the fictional north Bihar village of Durjanpur. For fact, Bihar has only some areas under millet cultivation, where erratic irrigation programs and vagaries of weather largely impact the output.
Info from Wikipedia; Image from Wikipedia.

3 comments on “>Bajra (PEAR MILLET) in my book FOOTPRINTS…

  1. Tim Buck
    February 4, 2010

    >Interesting info. That millet in the photo is beautiful…or at least the photographer made it appear that way.

  2. fleuve-souterrain
    February 4, 2010

    >that photo is from Wikipedia… quite agreeable, I must say. 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    February 16, 2010

    >; You saved my day again.

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2010 by in Bajra, fiction, footprints in the bajra, Nabina Das, novel, pearl millet.
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