Farmers turn to plant breeding

M. A. Yunita Triwardani W, Imam Ardhianto

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In Indonesia, farmers used to collect seed from the best plants for sowing but the changed with the Green Revolution and the introduction of improved varieties, farmers have became plant-breeders. These farmers and others have been trained in plant breeding at a farmer field school (FFS), a program of the Center for Genetic Resources, Agricultural Wageningen University. The training has provided farmers the confidence in developing plants and reduce dependency on government seeds. The farmer-breeders learned to select and breed self-pollinating crops. The grain selected for seed was stored in the shops, wrapped in plastic bags, sold by the shop-owners, and purchased by farmers in the beginning of each planting season.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationAppropriate Technology
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


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