Improving Seed Systems and Storage
IMPROVING SEED SYSTEMS AND STORAGE: OPPORTUNIES AND SERVICES
Tuesday, 19 November, 2013
Presenters: Dr. Dabiré Clémentine Binso, Senior Scientist, INERA Central Laboratory of Agricultural Entomology at Kamboinsé. Permanent Secretary of National Forum for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation; Director,MRSI/IDRC project on Research and Innovation Results Valorization; Eva Weltzien, Principal Scientist, Sorghum Breeding, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT); Moderator: Tom Remington, Agriculture Advisor for Africa, Catholic Relief Services
This session discussed opportunities to strengthen farmer seed systems and explore post-harvest methods. The discussion focused on current activities supported by INERA and ICRISAT to improve farmers’ access to new technologies, varieties, and storage, and related business opportunities for resource-poor farmers. This included key developments in sorghum and pearl millet farmer managed seed initiatives, and an effective storage solution used for cowpea in the region.
Eva Weltzien focused on using seeds as an innovation tool. She explained that the best way to support producers in seed capacity is increasing access to new varieties and robust methods of testing seeds.
Participants brought up questions about the ability of hybrid seeds to reproduce, which is minimal, and the potential for smuggling seeds to get around certification.
Next, Dr. Dabire Clementine Binso talked about Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) bags, which are ideal for storage of cowpeas after harvest because they keep out insects and moisture. There are challenges, however, with quality control and price.