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Uses of Sorghum and Millets

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International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and SADCC/ICRISAT Sorghum/Millet Improvement Program ; Southern African Development Coordination Conference
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International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ; Patancheru 502324, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Uses of sorghum and millets: summary proceedings of an International Workshop on Policy, Practice, and Potential Relating to Uses of Sorghum and Millets, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 8-12 Feb 1988 / International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
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Although this is not an objective, I wish to begin by expressing my appreciation of the contribution that Mrs Manel Gomez has made to this conference. She has been working steadily for many months, providing both technical and logistical input . The success of this conference is due to her insight and determination. The system of International Agricultural Research Centers began with the International Rice Research Institute in 1962. There are now 13 Centers, and their focus has been very much on the production of food. In recent years, India and China have become self-sufficient, even exporting food grains. Zimbabwe consistently has surplus and exports. Nigeria, Malawi , and Zambia are at times excess. There is a general recognition of the importance of expanding opportunities for crop utilization. ICRI - SAT, too, in this context, wants to develop a global strategy in food technology and crop utilization. Sustainability of production is a much-heard phrase these days. Diversification of agriculture-involving crops, livestock, and agroforestry-is relevant, as is improving market opportunities. The primary objective of this conference is to gain an appreciation of how sorghum and millets have been used. There are many products, and more than one product is possible from a single crop. Sorghum and millets have great diversity; and, with a recognition of priorities among products, selection criteria can be established s o that varieties and hybrids can be developed with end uses in mind. We wish, in this conference, to agree on priorities among products to help give direction to crop improvement activities. Priorities for crop uses will vary from location to location, and this should be reflected in our discussions.  
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