India’s number one ‘Babarkot’ millet is on the verge of extinction due to Amreli cement factory

Gandhinagar, 6 April 2021

India’s number one millet is Babarkot verity where it is being destroyed due to cement factory pollution. This variety of millet is so sweet that people keep eating Roti – Rotla. Farmers sell for Rs 50 per kg and traders Rs 150 per kg Babarkot verity.  In cereals, it is more expensive than basmati rice. The price of this millet is two and a half times higher than the normal millet.

There is a lot of sweetness in his rotla-roti. Bajra of Babarkot village in Zafarabad is famous. The Union Agriculture Ministry had laboratory testing of millet in Babarkot. Babarkot millet has more protein than all the millet in the country. Hydrocarbons contain the most elements. The Central Government has to issue a detailed report in this regard. It has been announced by the Department of Agriculture.

The Rajula and Jaffarabad regions have different types of stones. Due to which sweetness is considered in millet. The millet produced in the land goes abroad. Apart from village Babarkot, 7 villages like Rohisa, Varah Swaroop, Mityala, Vandh, Vadhera villages cultivate this millet.

Rich food

Prices remain high, food has become a staple for the rich. Farming here is done with less chemicals. So the sweetness of the bread turns out good.

From the Harappan period

It is believed that millet has been grown here since the Harappan period. Here in Babarkot, a fortified city of the Harappan period has been found in an area of ​​2.7 hectares. Gregory Possell of the University of Pennsylvania has studied the landmark here.

Millet from 5 thousand years

The remains of millet were found here 5 thousand years ago. Evidence has been found that the millet crop was grown here in the third century BCE. There is also strong evidence that millet was cultivated in the two seasons of winter and summer, 2300 years ago.

Millet is grown on 2.60 lakh square kilometers of farms in the world. But nowhere is it like Baburkot. Farmers have been cultivating millet since prehistoric times in Africa and India and surrounding countries. Foreigners believe that millet originated in Africa. It must have arrived in India in 2000 BCE. Millet grows well in the Sahel region of Africa. Millet is also grown in the US and Brazil.

Gujarat on the third number

In India, millet is grown in 3 seasons. Gujarat is the third or fourth largest state in millet. Now the hybrid has arrived. So the sweetness is gone.

Apocalypse from cement factory

On September 7, 2017, a public hearing was held in 10 adjoining villages by the Pollution Control Board about the lease of mines to the UltraTech Cement Factory at Babarkot in Zafarabad. Officer R. R. Were Vyas. People from 27 villages opposed the factory and came forward to save the millet field-grown since ancient times.

90 percent loss

Here 12 years ago, 10 Khandi millet were cooking in a vigha. Due to increasing pollution, now 1 to 2 khandi crops are taken. 90 percent losses due to air and water pollution.

Mine in 260 hectares

Ultracott Company has acquired 64 hectares of land in Babarkot village. Where millet was produced in abundance. In addition, 193 hectares of land is being converted into mines.


For the past 30 years, people from 13 villages have suffered from seawater. The company is the world’s largest cement company after China. The mines have been dug deep by keeping the rules in check. Millet production has been affected by the spread of particles in the air.

Millet in Gujarat

According to the latest figures for 2018-19, Gujarat produces 2279 kg of millet per hectare, with a production of 9 lakh tonnes in 3.91 hectares. 3000 kg per hectare is produced in summer. Millet was planted in all three seasons. Millet is the highest in summer.

Against this, it is estimated that by 2020-21, planting will be done on 1.82 lakh hectares and 1636 kg of millet will be produced in 3 lakh tonnes of production.

However, Banaskantha accounts for 50% of Gujarat’s total millet production. Then Anand comes in second.