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Indian farmers and CSISA partners grow new line for seed production

Brothers Mohen Singh (left) and Raj Narayin Singh (right) in their wheat field in Bihar, India. They are here growing BAAZ, a CIMMYT line not yet released, for seed production. It is a short-duration cultivar, reaching maturity in 120 days, and yielding around 5 tons/hectare, well above the Indian average.


The Singhs are among the farmers working in partnership with the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). CIMMYT is one of the many partners involved in CSISA, a collaborative project designed to decrease hunger and increase food and income security for resource-poor farm families in South Asia through development and deployment of new varieties, sustainable management technologies, and policies, led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the USAID.


The Singhs are highly innovative farmers; they grow many crops on their farm and are always willing to try new things. They have introduced conservation agriculture, with zero tillage and bed planting, onto all their wheat fields, where they grow maize and wheat in rotation. Working with CSISA, they act as farmer leaders, spreading new varieties and practices to other farmers.


Photo credit: Petr Kosina / CIMMYT.

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Taken on March 8, 2010