This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8099: Participatory plant breeding in rice
and maize in eastern India.
Farmers in Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal favour new, early-maturing
chickpeas to grow after rice in the post-rainy season. Other qualities
they look for are lots of branches and pods, and red seeds that cook
well. They like the same qualities in horsegram except that the seeds
must be creamy. In these areas of eastern India, chickpea is the main
crop planted after monsoon rice and is grown mostly in poor quality
soils. But chickpea productivity is very low. The yield of horsegram,
grown on degraded hillsides as a late rainy-season crop, is also low.
The new varieties perform much better and widely replace old varieties
and landraces because farmers were involved in choosing and testing
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF (14 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP17, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 17.