Farmer Participation in On-Station Evaluation of Plant and Grain Traits: the Case of Pearl Millet in Namibia

Ipinge, S A and Lechner, W R and Monyo, E S (1996) Farmer Participation in On-Station Evaluation of Plant and Grain Traits: the Case of Pearl Millet in Namibia. 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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This study was initiated to helop information for use in breeding improved pearl mibt genotypes for Namibia. A select groq of fam was arcouraged to participate in on-station wali((ltion of varieties under test. Each uariety ruas assessed separately, and both negative and positive characters wsrs nmId. Five pearl milkt varieties which were found promising in the Namibian Mtional pearl millct trial of 1992/93 were sown at the Omahenene Research Sta. tion during 1993/94 for evaluation of fanner preferences for plant and grain traits. The five varieties were evaluated against the fanners' local landrace variety (UV) and Okashana 1. Based on fanners' cxpcrime, IS highly prefewed plant and grain traits were recorded. Each of the fiw cxpcrimsntal wristics was assessed for these traits and compared with the famars' Uv and OkaFha~1. The study concluded that early maturity, grain size, and resttame to drought are the mart preferred traits for pearl millct under Namibiangming conditions. The mast prefmed grain trait was palatability, followed by ease of processing (threshability, dehulling, and grinding to make flour). Varieties SDMV 92040 and SDMV 90016 were identified as sarisfring mast fanner requirements. 7'hese varieties wre as sh-duration and drought-tolerant as Ohashaw I, produced a better tasting product, and were easier to &hull and grind into jhr. They wen also superior to the farmers' UV in all these aspects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2011 13:07
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 13:07
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