Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR)
Established under the aegis of Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) is engaged in basic and strategic research on sorghum and other millets. IIMR coordinates and facilitates sorghum research at national level through All India Coordinated Research Projects on Sorghum, Pearl Millet and Small Millets and provides linkages with various national and international agencies.
With its main center at Hyderabad, and the two regional stations at Centre on Rabi Sorghum (CRS), Solapur and Off-Season Nursery, (OSN) Warangal, IIMR focuses on millet production and utilization.
Mandate of IIMR
- Basic and strategic research to increase productivity of millets and their diversified utilization for enhancement of profitability.
- Coordination and development of improved crop production and protection technologies of millets.
- Training and consultancy on millet production and utilization.
- Dissemination of technologies and capacity building.
- Enhancing and sustaining Millets productivity and global competitiveness.
- Improving the end-product quality and cost-effectiveness of Millet production systems.
- Improving use-efficiency of natural resources and purchased input.
- Reducing avoidable yield losses to stabilize yield gains without impairing the environmental quality.
- Making Millets farming highly remunerative under a range of agroecologies.
- Effective transfer and implementation of improved technologies.
- Promotion of Millets as health-food, and as industrial raw material for potable and industrial alcohol, starch, and their products including those from the stalks.
- Better utilization of stover by increasing its quality, processing and storage.
Research Activities in IIMR
Mandate of AICRPs on Sorghum, Pearl Millet and Small Millets
- To conduct coordinated multi-location programmes at the national level on sorghum, pearl millet and small millets improvement and utilization
- To develop superior hybrids, varieties and trait specific value added genetic stocks
- To evolve appropriate region and location specific crop management practices
- To promote linkages with seed production and developmental agencies for transfer of technology
- To document and disseminate research findings and exchange material for mutual benefit with bonafide collaborators and stakeholders
To promote cultivation and consumption of millets and millets based products, the Government of India announced a programme under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), for INSIMP. The aim is to demonstrate improved production and post-harvest technologies in an integrated manner. Major millets such as sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet are covered. Apart from bringing more land under cultivation of millets, about 300 Post-Harvesting units have been established in the Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Mahrashtra, Tamil Nadu and UP. These units have increased the supply of raw material for value added products of Millets.
Indian Institute of Millets Research
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500 030