Barnyard Millet (Echinochloacrusgalli, E. colona), is a short duration crop that can grow in adverse environmental conditions with almost no input and can withstand various biotic and abiotic stresses. In addition to these agronomic advantages, the grains are valued for their high nutritional value and lower expense as compared to major cereals like rice, wheat, and maize. It contains a rich source of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and, most notably, micronutrients like iron (Fe) and zine (Zn) that are related to numerous health benefits. These features make barnyard millet an ideal supplementary crop for subsistence farmers and also as an alternate crop during the failure of monsoons in rice/major crop cultivating areas.

Barnyard Millet Nutrient per 100g

Nutrient per 100g
Energy (Kcal) 341
Protein 7.7 g
Carbohydrate 67.0g
Crude Fibre 7.6mg
Calcium 17mg
Iron 9.3mg

Source: Nutritive value of Indian food, NIN, ICMR 2018