Capacity building of farmers for quality seed production

Seed availability at the local level is key to enhancing seed replacement rate (SRR) and the adoption of improved cultivars. This requires quality seeds to be available in adequate quantities, at the right time and at a cost affordable by farmers. To achieve this and to train farmers in production of chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut seeds, training programs were held in multiple locations across the state of Odisha, India.

Sixteen training programs were organized in different districts in October and November. These included seven on pigeonpea in Sonepur, Ganjam and Gajapati districts; six on chickpea in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts and three on groundnut in Kalahandi, Nuapada and Ganjam districts. The major activities included promotion of improved cultivars and production technologies, development of a sustainable and effective seed system, and capacity building of farmers.

These programs brought together 1,267 farmers of which 125 were women. The resource persons for the training programs included officers from the Department of Agriculture and Seed Certification Agency and District Coordinators working under these projects and ICRISAT staff – Dr Pooran Gaur, Principal Scientist, Chickpea Breeding; Mr R Vijaykumar, Manager Field Operations, Pigeonpea Breeding; Mr SK Tripathy (State Coordinator for Odisha projects).

Projects: (i) Introduction and expansion of improved pigeonpea production technology in rainfed upland ecosystems of Odisha. (ii) Promotion of improved chickpea varieties in rice-based cropping systems of small holder farmers of Odisha. (iii) Scaling-up of improved groundnut varieties through established seed system in various cropping systems of smallholder farmers in Odisha. Investor: Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Department of Agriculture, Government of Odisha, India. Partners: Department of Agriculture, Government of Odisha; Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology; and Orissa State Seeds Corporation Limited CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes

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