About 25,000 farmers in dry lands of Marathwada and Western Maharashtra regions of that State known as “sorghum bowl of India” have achieved 40 per cent increase in grain yield and 20 per cent in fodder yield from 2010 by cultivating improved sorghum varieties and better crop management practices. The farmers were supported under a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement of Sorghum and Millets in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (HOPE) and implemented by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). A press release of the ICRISAT said the net income of the farmers had also increased by 50 per cent due to the HOPE intervention. The National Directorate of Sorghum Research, Marathwada State Agricultural University and Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth State Agricultural University were also participating in the project implementation.
Farmers’ income increases by 50 p.c. due to HOPE intervention