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Ragi - Why Keep Finger Millets At Your Finger Tips?

By Richmillet Nagaraju , in Ragi - Finger Millet, Ragi,

Yes, this is an important question. But first let us know what Finger Millets are.
It is a small-seeded species of cereal crop or grain grown in the arid and semi-arid regions of Asia and Africa (known to have been in cultivation in East Asia for the last 10,000 years), which is commonly known as finger millet, African finger millet, caracan millet, and koracan. The most common name of this Millet is Ragi which is originally the name of Finger Millet in Kannada Language where it is the main ingredient of Karnataka staple diet. If you have an agronomic interest in growing Ragi then know that it is very adaptable to higher elevations which is why it is grown in the Himalayan regions as high as up to 2,300 metres. You can safely intercrop Ragi with other  legumes like peanuts, cowpeas and pigeon peas or other plants such as Niger seeds. Ragi is known for its potential to improve nutrition, boost food security and support sustainable landcare. It is discovered that Ragi formed an important part of prehistoric diet in Indian, Chinese Neolithic and Korean Mumun societies beating Rice and Wheat far behind. Foxtail Millet and Proso Millet or Broomcorn (Panicum miliaceum) were important crops beginning in the Early Neolithic ages.

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