Finger Millet ( Harvesting )

Finger millet matures in about 3-5 months time, depending on variety. Harvesting is the most labour intensive operation of the production. The ripe heads are individually picked with knife and dried in the sun at a clean hard ground. Good care is needed from any physical mixing during harvesting and drying. Mixing can easily occur during these operations. When heads are dried enough, then they can be threshed and winnowed. This way, a good quality seed can be produced. However, combine harvesters have been used in Zimbabwe with equally good success and results when the crop was fully mature. A normal seed crop may give seed yields ranging from 2000 to 3000 kg/ha.


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Origin And Botany | Varietal Development And Maintenance | Land Selection | Land Preparation | Planting | Fertilization | Irrigation | Weed Control | Plant Protection | Roguing | Harvesting | Field Inspection

Depots

Chipata Depot
Stand No. 931 David Kaunda Rd
P.O. Box 510695, Chipata
Tel: +260 216 21500
Eastern province

Kapiri Mposhi Depot
Stand No. 911 Great North Rd
P.O. Box 810194, Kapiri Mposhi
Tel: +260 215 271166/74
Central Province

Kitwe Depot
Kitwe Show Grounds
P.O. Box 22196, Kitwe
Tel: +260212 226777
Coperbelt Province

Mazabuka Depot
Lubombo Rd
P.O. Box 670174, Mazabuka
Tel: +260 213 30275
Southern Province