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Bajra

Climatic Requirements | Season | Soil |Variety

 

In India bajra is grown over an area of 11.34 million hectares with total production of 5.5 million tons. It is grown everywhere in India. It is generally grown in the areas of low rainfall and in poor soils.

  Climatic Requirements

 

Bajra is a rapid-growing warm weather crop suitable for areas with 40-75 centimeter of annual rainfall. For the vegetative growth of crop moist weather is useful. The crop does best under conditions of light shower followed by bright sunshine. The best temperature for growth of bajra is between 20-28 degree centigrade.

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  Season

 


Bajra is grown as a Kharif season crop in northern India; but with irrigation it can be grown as a summer crop in southern India.
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  Soil



Bajra can be grown well on drained sandy loams. It is sensitive to water-logging. It is grown successfully on black cotton soils, alluvial soils and red soils of India

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  Variety

 
The local varieties of bajra grow very tall and mature late. The yield of these varieties is also very low. But due to efforts of All India Co-ordinated Research Project several hybrids and composites are now available. These solves the problems of low yielding for farmers. Selection of varieties depends mainly on the following factors:
  • Method Of Sowing
  • Crop Rotation
  • Pest and Disease
  • Irrigration Facilities
  • Climatic Conditions
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