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.
On-farm seed priming is a simple, proven technology that has been
developed, tested, and refined in laboratories, in experimental plots,
and by farmers themselves in their fields. It's easy to use with a wide
range of crops in many different farming conditions. Farmers in India,
Nepal, Pakistan, Botswana and Zimbabwe now prime wheat, barley, sorghum,
pearl and finger millet seed before sowing. This simple method is now
spreading to other countries, such as to Saudi Arabia. Although priming
with water alone makes a huge difference, the method is being explored
further in Pakistan. Here, the effects of adding tiny amounts of
phosphorus, boron and zinc to the priming water are now being explored.
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.
PSP27, 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 26.