Where it does well
: Grain amaranth does well under conditions ideal for maize, but can be grown in semi-arid areas where it tolerates full sun, drought, high temperatures and low soil fertility. It is therefore an excellent crop for smallholders in Zimbabwe.
Planting – harvesting time: Grain amaranth is grown during the rainy season and can be intercropped with traditional field crops. It matures in 3 months. Tender leaves can be harvested at 2-3 weeks interval till the end of the season.
Average yield per ha: The yield of grain amaranth is comparable to rice or maize: 500-1,200 kg/ha.