This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R7122, R8071, R8099. Poor farmers in
eastern India now have a wider choice of rice varieties. Where the land
is not irrigated, rice is transplanted into flooded paddies in the
monsoon. But plant breeders focused on rice for irrigated areas, and
neglected the need for drought-tolerant strains for rain-fed areas. So
farmers in these areas relied on old varieties prone to disease and
drought. Farmers given improved seed to test were free to grow it as
they pleased. They found that the new varieties gave better quality
grain, higher yields and were more drought-tolerant. Although farmers
now have a wider choice of seed, supplies are limited. Because the seed
is un-released it needs to be certified to be eligible for official
subsidies. So, to realise the full potential of these varieties, groups
need to be helped to produce certified seed.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP10, 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 31.