Farmers recognise blast (caused by Pyricularia grisea) as a major disease, which they, quite correctly, associate with high humidity and variety susceptibility. A large number of varieties (22) were grown in the farms surveyed. The range of varieties reflects the numerous end-uses of this crop as well as farmers recognition that different varieties perform better in different seasons. Farmers often grew more than one variety (either in separate plots or as variety mixtures) but one variety, Enaikuru, predominated. In a survey of 200 farms in January / February 1999, 59 % of farmers grew Enaikuru as a single cultivar and more than 90 % of finger millet mixtures included this cultivar.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK., 80 pp.