Stakeholders of legume and cereal value chains in Nigeria identified recent successes and set goals for the next cropping season at the recent review and planning workshop of Tropical Legumes III (TL III) and Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement of Sorghum and Millets II (HOPE II) projects.
Scientists, farmers, seed producers, grain merchants and others discussed challenges of increasing production and productivity of two legumes (cowpea and groundnut) and two cereals (sorghum and pearl millet), as also to enhance seed systems of both crops.
The discussions identified key areas of synergy to leverage the resources of both projects for more efficient and effective seed delivery. Participants also deliberated on ways to align seed sector development activities (supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) with national priorities
The brainstorming and discussions also threw up some interesting suggestions:
- Need for farmer-friendly varieties, improving upon current farmer favorites.
- Management practices specific for improved seeds essential to realize full genetic potential of seed.
- DNA finger-printing more reliable than names to ascertain exact varieties cultivated by farmers.
- More in-depth analysis of adoption studies needed to show different components of adoption, e.g. the level of exposure in research areas.
The three-day Review-and-Planning workshop at Kano, Nigeria, during 7-9 March 2018 was attended by 78 participants in the background of the forthcoming cropping season to plan for the 2018.
The dryland cereals and grain legumes are recognized as Smart Food.