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Seeds of Choice: Making the Most of New Varieties for Small Farmers

By: John Witcombe, Daljit Virk and John Farrington

271 pages, Figs, tabs

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1998 | #85582 | ISBN: 1853394475
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Providing an in depth analysis of the regulatory frameworks that cover varietal testing, release and dissemination, this text analyzes the varietal testing system used by the All India Co-ordinated Crop Improvement Projects. The study reveals that reforms are needed, if a greater choice of varieties is to be provided to meet the diverse needs of farmers in widely differing agro-ecological situations. The evidence presented shows that approaches to increase the involvement of farmers in crop improvement are the most promising reform to the system. The challenge is to incorporate farmer participation as an integral part of the varietal testing system. This volume is addressed to those concerned with crop improvement such as plant breeders and agricultrual extensionists, agricultural development workers, including researchers, pollicymakers, donors, voluntary agencies and commercial seed producers.


Part 1 An analysis of varietal testing: introduction, D.S. Virk; J.R. Witcombe; trial testing sites in the All India Coordinated Projects -how well do they represent agro-ecological zones and farmers' fields? A.J. Packwood et al; resource allocation and efficiency of the varietal testing system, J.R. Witcombe et al. Part 2 Varietal release and popularization: introduction, P.S. Sodhi et al; the extent and rate of adoption of modern cultivars in India, J.R. Witcombe et al; the regulatory framework for varietal testing and release in India, D.S. Virk; release and popularization of cultivars in Rajasthan, K.L. Vyas; release and popularization of cultivars in Madhya Pradesh, Y.M. Upadhyaya; release and popularization of cultivars in Gujarat, B.G. Jaisani. Part 3 Participatory approaches: introduction, J.R. Witcombe; participatory approaches in Pearl Millet breeding, E. Weltzien R. et al; farmer participatory approaches for varietal improvement, A. Joshi, J.R. Witcombe; participatory breeding in rice, R. Thakur. Part 4 Scaling up: introduction, P.S. Sodhi et al; the role of NGOs in the popularization of varieties - a case study from western India, M. Garg et al. Part 5 Bibliography and annexes.

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