“Though at present nearly 27 per cent yield gap exists in small millets, 50 per cent of that yield gap can be bridged just by replacing the traditional varieties with High Yielding Varieties (HYV) and by adopting modern technologies. In pursuance of this, the All India Co-ordinated Programme (AICP) on Small Millets has released the HYV and modern technologies to the farmers,” Mr. Shukla said.He asked the extension departments to take more efforts to spread the HYV and technologies generated through the AICP to the farmers.
“Though urbanites are better informed about the nutritional advantages of small millets, consumption is less, which is a matter of concern. Conversion of small millets into alcohol also needs to be looked into. Precision farming technologies need to be developed for increasing the yield. Also, home scientists need to play a key role by developing new delicacies and recipes using small millets, which will attract consumers,” Mr. Santhanakrishnan said.