Addressing genetic improvement and on-farm diversity through farmer participatory breeding: A case study of rainfed rice in the Faizabad and Siddharthnagar districts, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India

ON SINGH1, S SINGH1, VN SINGH1, JL DWIVEDI1, A SINGH1, HN SINGH1, RK SINGH2,
TR PARIS3, GN ATLIN3 AND VP SINGH3
1. NDUAT, Kumarganj, Faizabad, India.
2. IRRI-India Office, NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi, India.
3. IRRI, DAPO, Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Resource-poor farmers in Uttar Pradesh, India, face a number of production constraints to rainfed rice growing, ranging from poor performance of traditional varieties and a lack of access to new ones, to unpredictable weather. A farmer participatory breeding programme begun in 1997 sought to address those problems by developing new rice genotypes.  During the four years of the study, several important points were established: Farmers could visually rate for yield with high accuracy, and their visual yield ratings were the best predictor of farmer preference. Some cultivars produced very high yields under low-input management, and were highly preferred by farmers. However, some high yielding varieties were not preferred, while some farmers preferred varieties that did not give a high yield.

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