Little millet, also known as Samalu in Telugu is widely cultivated as cereal across India, Nepal and Western Myanmar. Presently it is grown throughout India in near about 1 million hectares with major area being in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Bihar, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It is highly tolerant to heat and drought. It is preferred in extreme soil and climatic conditions of tribal agriculture. The average grain yield is 500-600kg per hectare.