Empowering legume farmers in India

April 22, 2012 at 5:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Farmer, scientist and extension specialist in a field of grasspea variety Ratan

Collaboration between ICARDA, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other Indian organizations is helping to expand the production of legumes – the main source of dietary protein for most households in the country. Farmer training is a key part of these efforts. A two-day training program on lentil and grasspea production attracted more than 100 participants: farmers, extension agents, NGO staff and representatives of local administration. The training covered improved varieties, crop management, post-harvest management and grain quality (customer preferences as well as health and safety). The course was hosted by Narender Dev University of Agriculture in Uttar Pradesh state. Resource persons included scientists from ICARDA, Narender Dev University and Banaras Hindu University.The training program is part of the government-funded National Food Security Mission. A number of new varieties are being scaled out, including two lentil varieties (Moitree and NDL-1) developed through ICAR-ICARDA projects. Adoption is growing rapidly, thanks to a large-scale program of field demonstrations, seed production and training, by ICAR centers in India.

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