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 titles: R8099: Participatory plant breeding in rice
and maize in eastern India and R7434: Innovative methods for rice
breeding - combining participatory plant breeding (PPB) with molecular
Poor hill farmers in eastern and western India now have modern rice
varieties suitable for rain-fed cropping. The new varieties were tested
by thousands of farmers in their fields, and traders were also consulted
on consumer preferences for eating and cooking qualities. The varieties
have spread widely. Farmers didn't need to change their farming
methods. And, as long as they save or can get seed, they continue to
grow the new varieties. The new types of rice are now grown in rain-fed
uplands in Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh in eastern
India; Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh in western India; Karnataka
and Tamil Nadu in southern India; and Uttar Pradesh in northern India.
Plus, many farmers are distributing seed to other farmers. So, even
without fresh supplies of seed, the new varieties are spreading.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (23 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP16, 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 32.