Pearl Millet - Planting

Traditionally pearl millet is planted in dry soils before the rains start. Though it may be a good practice for late maturing locals which can take advantage of the entire rainy season, the inadequate rains in the beginning, however, may cause serious problems of germination and poor growth as well as increasing damage by insect pests and diseases especially shoot fly, ergot and smut. Experience has shown that for best results, the crop should be planted from 10th to 20th November in Western Province and from 7th to 25th December in Southern Province.

Pearl millet can be planted in rows at 75 cm spacing between rows and 20 cm spacing between plants within a row or in hills at 60 x 60 cm spacing. For hill planting, four to eight seeds should be planted per station at the depth of 2-3 cm. If sown deeper seedlings might fail to emerge from the soil. Row planting facilitates the field operations such as weeding, thinning, fertilizer application etc. The seed rate of pearl millet is about 4-6 kg/ha. The plant population of 60-80000 plants per hectare is recommended.


More Information on Pearl Millet
Origin And Botany | Varietal Development And Maintenance | Land Selection | Land Preparation | Planting | Fertilization | Weed Control | Thinning And Gap-Filling | Roguing | Plant Protection | Harvesting And Threshing | 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