On-Farm Evaluation of Pearl Millet Varieties in Malawi for Farmer Preferences, Grain Yield, and Food Quality Traits

Chintu, E M and Monyo, E S and Gupta, S C (1996) On-Farm Evaluation of Pearl Millet Varieties in Malawi for Farmer Preferences, Grain Yield, and Food Quality Traits. In: Drought-tolerant crops for southern Africa: Proceedings of the SADC/ICRISAT Regional Sorghum and Pearl Millet Workshop, 25-29 July 1994, Gaborone, Botswana.

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Dunng the 3993194 season two rypes ofon.fann rnah (research-managed and fanner.ma~ged], were conducred in 66 janners' fields tn the Shtre Vallq to veniy crop perfonnance and to expose new uanerles to the farming community Both inair were lmplemenred by farmers Three new pearl miller varieties (SDMV 89004, SDMV 89005, and ICMV 88908j and rwo controls (N~genan Compostre-rail [NC rail], and farmers' local landrace vaneties [LLl'jj were e~,aluatedjorplanta nd gram traits preferred by farmers, yield porenrral, andfor thetr acceptablltty as food. Varrerv SDM 1'89004 had the hia-herr n-raln v.~elds I 95 r ha ' when research. managedand I 47 f ha ' whenjarmer.ma~ged Under research-management rhe three test vanerier and NC-tall 'aer,ion ned szmilarlv and were suoerior ro the LLV used, whereas, under jarmer.managed ma&, rhr rhrer terr wnerles produced s~milar~ieldthsa t were supenor to both NC.ral1 and the LLV Ofthe 164 farmers who evaluated the pearl millet on.fann trraLforplant and groin rraits, the malonty preferred iCMV 88908 as rhe~rfavonref,o llowed by SDMV 89004, and SDMV 89005 based on field obsen,ations All the tmriprtes uer? ranked berrer than the LLVfor <ram rrairs (grain size, dehulltng, grtnding ease) However, far food taste NC-tall was the most preferred, followed by SDMV 89W5, SDMV 89004, and ICMV 88908. These results, and those from previous years, tnd~care rhat farmers prefer the new vanetres because of their h~gh grain yeld, good grain traits, and acceptabiliry as jood (taste) These varietter wll therefore be recomvnended soon for release tn Malaw

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2011 13:15
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 13:15
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/4743
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