Pearl Millet / Babala is a fast growing annual summer forage crop. This erect and robust grass has an extensive root system, aiding with the adaptation to a wide variety of growing conditions.
This grass is mostly used for grazing, but can be utilized as green chop, silage and foggage. It is also used as a grain crop in areas where maize and sorghum fail.
It is best adapted to areas where the annual rainfall is between 400 mm and 1500 mm.
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1 - 5 t DM/ha/season in dry conditions
8 - 12 t DM/ha/season under irrigation
Depending on environmental conditions and management
Adapted to low fertility soils
Dryland cropping and under irrigation
Absence of prussic acid poisoning makes it safe for livestock
Excellent drought tolerance
Used as a windbreak in orchards