Pearl Millet Breeding and Production in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects
Izge, A. U. and Song, I. M.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
This work reviews the problems in pearl millet production and breeding and its prospects. Pearl millet is a staple for millions of people in arid and semi-arid ecologies around the world especially in northern Nigeria. The crop has a potential of becoming an important component of intensive agriculture because it responds well to management inputs. However, improvements in certain traits of pearl millet need to be undertaken if high yields are to be attained. Considering also its hardiness and genetic enhancement prospects, the crop has the potential of becoming important components of intensive agriculture especial in Nigeria. Breeding work on the various aspects of this crop and sustained cultivation need to be encouraged.