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 R6395, R7189 (CPP), R7440 and R7438. Even
when maize is irrigated, good crop stands are the exception rather than
the rule for poor farmers. Yet, simply soaking seeds in water overnight
and drying them before sowing as usual has been proven to increase
yields in India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Nepal. In western India, where
maize is often followed by another crop, priming means that maize can be
harvested earlier. This gives farmers a chance to sow the second crop
earlier and makes the most of the end of the rains. Hundreds of NGOs,
farmers and researchers have asked for instructions on how to prime
maize seed. Through these, priming maize seed has spread to Thailand,
Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
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.
PSP28, 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 13.