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.
Blackgram and horsegram are important for poor indigenous farmers in
eastern and western India. But they are largely ignored by officialdom.
Even though there are recommended varieties, farmers can't get seed. So
they grow poor varieties that are prone to mildew and other diseases.
Better varieties of horsegram have a huge potential for intercropping
with maize in western India and rice in eastern India in the rainy
season. They could provide additional food and fodder at little or no
extra cost. But farmers can only abandon old varieties by saving seed of
new varieties themselves. Others would also grow the better grams if
they could get seed. Although there is major potential for grams to
improve food and incomes, the only way to get seed at the moment is
through a few schemes and NGOs.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP08, 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 19.