Foxtail millet (粟(小米)) Traditional crops of Taiwanese aborigines


Posted Date:2017-11-24

Seasonal Fresh October~November

Origin Taitung City、Lanyu Township、Yanping Township、Beinan Township、Haiduan Township、Taimali Township、Jinfeng Township、Dawu Township、Daren Township


    Foxtail millet is a traditional crop in northern China and Taiwanese aboriginal tribes. It is suitable to grow in places where the climate is warm and day is short. Among the millet crops, foxtail millet has the second highest production, mainly grown in southern Europe, temperate, subtropical and tropical Asia. Due to its characteristics of drought resistance and short growth period, foxtail millet can grow in warm and humid or cold and dry areas, which makes it a great emergency crop.

     Taitung County has the biggest area for foxtail millet cultivation in Taiwan. Other areas include Pingtung, Kaohsiung, Yilan and Taoyuan. In order to solve the issues of mix breeds and production decline, Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station spent ten years developing a new breed called "Taitung No. 9" millet. This breed yields more crops, matures early, and resists pests and diseases well. It also adapts especially well to Taitung's mid- and low-altitude drylands environment. It grows fast and can be harvested earlier than the current millet, which lowers the impact on other crops. On the other hand, it also increases farmers’ incomes.
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