Evaluating Pearl Millet Varieties With Farmers In Barmer District

Choudhary, M K and Weltzien, E and Sharma, M M (1995) Evaluating Pearl Millet Varieties With Farmers In Barmer District. In: Using Diversity Enhancing And Maintaining Genetic Resources On-Farm Proceedings Of A Workshop, 19-21 June 1995, New Delhi, India.

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A newly formed NGO, operating in Barmer district in western Rajasthan, applied and modified methods of farmerparticipatory variety evaluation develop by ICRISA Tscientists in otheri'egions of Rajasthan. Barmer district has the largest area under pearl millet of all the Indian districts; it is characterized by low and erratic annual rainfall. The first year results of varietal evaluations with farmers indicated that farmers from Barmer district assigned the two highest ranks to varieties with medium to late maturity, large panicles andhigh yieldpotential. The farmers from the more sandy, drierareas of Barmerdistrict didprefer higher tillering, earliermaturir~yv arieties, commonly with larger grain size as a secondary group of desirable materials. The traits used to compare varieties most often were also the characteristics of the most preferred varieties. Farmers insisted on at least one more year of such evaluations before a decision on initial adoption of any of these varieties could be taken.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2011 13:23
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2014 09:20
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/4734
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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