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: R6395: The Development and Testing of
Seed-Priming to Improve Stand Establishment, Early Growth and yield in
Semi-Arid Zimbabwe and India and R7438: Participatory promotion of \"on
farm\" seed priming.
Poor farmers in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have seen for themselves how
easy it is to get better crops of legumes by simply priming the seed
before sowing. Because legume seeds are large and hard to store
properly, and are sown in the poorest soils, no-one has paid much
attention to improving the way they are grown. But legumes provide
valuable protein for the poor. Farmers in Bangladesh, eastern India and
Nepal, now prime chickpea seed so they can grow it as an extra crop
following rice. Lentil seed is being primed in Nepal, and mungbean in
Nepal and Pakistan. As priming is so simple and farmers quickly reap the
benefits, the potential for widespread use is huge.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP26, 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 22.