india millets

India’s Millets Consumption and Trade Over the Last Three Decades

Manan Bhan

Ideas for India | October 17, 2023

India has a long history of cultivating and consuming millets. Millet cultivation remains a part of the cultural heritage of many regions, particularly in the semi-arid and sub-humid parts of the country. Ever since the onset of the Green Revolution and the introduction of high-yielding varieties of rice and wheat across the country, millet cultivation has undergone a steady decline. Despite this, India remains one of the biggest producers and consumers of sorghum (jowar) and several other millet varieties like pearl millet (bajra) and finger millet (ragi). Its share in the global millet trade, however, remains relatively small.