Rainfed Millets

Rainfed Millets

Trenpa endorses and sells Rainfed millets and grains. In a world where climate change is real and evident, we make it our business to source natural products. Cultivation is completely dependent on rainfall in specific areas and the farmer is not dependant on irrigation.

Traditionally, ‘rainfed’ agriculture is different from ‘irrigated’ agriculture – the latter applies to water from other sources. Most countries in the world depend primarily on rainfed agriculture, with their sources being from streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater.

Unlike irrigated areas where “homogenous, high-intensive cropping systems are common”, ‘rainfed’ farming systems are more diverse and heterogenous – this is a strong case for positive climate action.

TRENPA supports rainfed millets and grains

A few reasons why Trenpa supports rainfed millets and agriculture

  • It supports increased numbers of marginal farmers, who are dependent only on rainfall
  • Improves access to tribal farmers* and their produce
  • Minimal use of Irrigation systems; water conservation is possible
  • Cultivation is possible in arable land in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid zones
  • Lessens burden on farmers; reduces dependence on irrigation sources

Millets are gaining popularity among urban and rural segments because of their innate properties and benefits. Rainfed millets are slowly becoming superfoods because of their ability to bring down blood sugar levels and hypertension. Trenpa supports the cultivation of rainfed millets and grains, connecting farmers & buyers in many parts of the country, seamlessly.

Since millet cultivation requires less water, farmers are turning to this crop as a sustainable alternative. A farmer moves through difficult drought periods since these are hardy crops that require minimal water. Millets grow well in dry zones as rain-fed crops under marginal conditions of soil fertility and moisture.

India ranks first in rainfed agriculture, both in area and value of produce. More than 60% of farmers are dependent on rainfed agriculture for their livelihood. Various types of rainfed millets require considerably less amount of water to grow. With the increasing water scarcity and rain-dependency, growing water-saving crops such as millets is the need of the hour.

7 Good Reasons why you should consider Millets

  1. Millets are nutritious: Millets are a good source of essential nutrients, including protein, fibre, and various minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are also rich in antioxidants, which can help protect against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  2. Millets are gluten-free: Millets are a good option for people who are sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, as they do not contain gluten.
  3. Millets are drought-tolerant: Millets are able to withstand drought conditions and are often grown in areas with low rainfall. This makes them a reliable crop in regions with a dry climate.
  4. Millets are easy to grow: Millets are relatively easy to grow and require minimal inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides. This makes them an attractive option for small-scale farmers and those who are interested in sustainable agriculture practices.
  5. Millets are versatile: Millets can be used in a variety of dishes, including breads, porridges, and even as a replacement for rice. They can also be ground into flour and used in baking.
  6. Millets have a low carbon footprint: Millets have a relatively low carbon footprint compared to other grains such as rice and wheat. This is because they require fewer inputs and are more resistant to pests and diseases.
  7. Millets can help support local communities: Millets are often grown by small-scale farmers in developing countries, and increasing demand for millets can help support these communities by providing a source of income.

* One of the many parameters required for The Rainforest Initiative Certification