Competitive Exams: Crops Barley Geography Notes on Production and Distribution of Barley in India

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Crop Combination and Crop Diversification


  • Most ancient crop.
  • Used as human food, animal feed and malting (beer and whiskey)
  • Major beer drinking countries are therefore major barley producers e. g. France, U. K, Germany, Denmark.
  • Europe accounts for half of the world՚s total production.
  • Russia and China are the major producers.
  • International trade is small.
  • Greatest tolerance for arid conditions
  • grown in a wide range of climate, topographical and soil environment, where wheat fails to survive.

Can be Grown In

  1. Subarctic regions
  2. Semiarid regions
  3. High Altitudes
  4. Light Limey Soils