Richa Kapur Thursday, July 11, 2019 The wheat fields of South Asia account for nearly 20% of global production, making it a critical hotspot for scientists battling devastating wheat diseases like stem, yellow and leaf rusts that can wipe out entire crops. More than a […]
Seeds are the basic inputs in agriculture and often regarded as the carriers of new technology. Particularly in regions like Nepal where modern agricultural inputs and technologies are difficult to adopt due to economic and geographical constraints, seed remains an important means of increasing agricultural […]
Author: Rituparna Majumder Abdul Hossain, a brinjal growing farmer from Rangpur district of Bangladesh, is into his second year of enjoying the benefits from the cultivation of Bt brinjal in his one-fourth acre of land. In 2017 – 18, Abdul planted Bt brinjal for the […]
Under the aegis of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project, the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) has established a seed system in Nepal for the purpose of creating access to quality certified seeds for smallholder farmers in the Chitwan region of Nepal.
Wheat disease surveillance facilitates the targeted release of rust resistant wheat varieties and/or the withdrawal of susceptible varieties. It has been an essential aspect of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) and Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) projects under the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) ever since the BGRI’s inception in 2008. Building
Three key strategy and policy level interventions to sustain the Bt technology in Bangladesh and gear up for increasing demand from the farmers include (a) Making Bt technology durable – planting refuges and multiple proteins; (b) Event based approval – To reduce time for new variety approvals and (c) Private sector participation – To accelerate scale of adoption with geography relevant varieties.
Subhash Adhikari is one of 70 smallholder wheat farmers in the Chitwan district of Nepal benefitting from the Seed System Initiative, implemented by Cornell’s Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project in 2017-18. Farmers like Adhikari who plant quality wheat seeds reap greater harvests and are assured better markets for the seed.
Sathguru’s efforts through DRRW and DGGW have led to conceptualization, development and introduction of SAARC surveillance tool box. This has been instrumental in bringing in a coherence in the surveillance efforts in South Asia thereby ensuring global visibility of surveillance data from the South Asian […]
Sathguru study indicates increasing private sector involvement in Indian wheat seed research and development, needs public private partnership for integrated varietal development suiting to food processing industry
DGGW efforts since 2016 are relentlessly working towards establishment of an innovative seed village model in Nepal. The model is bringing wheat seed farmers under formal seed production thereby, increasing dissemination and uptake of disease free, quality wheat seeds.