Dryland cereals, Grain legumes
Asia, India, Telangana
A FARMER’S CHOICE: TRIBAL COMMUNITIES IN ADILABAD SELECT THEIR PREFERRED SORGHUM VARIETIES
Adilabad, Sorghum Varieties, Tribal Communities, Rainfed Agro-Ecosystems, Nutri-Food Basket, AIP, Imperial College-London
Innovation systems for the Drylands, Agribusiness & innovation Platform, Systems Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture
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As part of a pilot study to design a strategy for testing the potential of suitability and adoption of on-shelf sorghum varieties, ICRISAT and the Centre for Collective Development (CCD), presented 18 elite Rabi sorghum cultivars grown on-station under low-input conditions to the farmers. The farmers selected a few varieties based on their preferences. The selection process was complemented by production and nutritional analysis of the crops. Finally, four cultivars were taken further for farmer participatory varietal selection with eight farmers from Utnoor mandal. The team from ICRISAT’s Innovations Systems for the Drylands – System Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture (ISD-SACSA) closely monitored the on-farm trial and recorded the farmer preferences.