A native of India, has relatively limited cultivation to the parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, though its occurrence as a weed is noted in all states of India. It is primarily used as a food crop in India. . It can be grown even in less fertile sandy loam soils and matures in 60-80 days and is the most inexpensive crop to grow and does not need weeding and has no serious pests and diseases. In the United States as much as 100,000 acres are grown annually chiefly in Georgia, Florida and Alabama for hay and pasture; while the seed provides feed for quail, doves and other game birds. As a fodder crop it is finer-stemmed and quicker growing than pearl millet.