Hybrid sorghum seed production training program at ICRISAT-Mali
“Rather than giving us fish, the
training taught us how to catch fish,” is how Oumar of Kiffosso, Mali, sums up the one-day training workshop on hybrid sorghum seed production conducted at
ICRISAT-Mali on 29 September. The training was attended by 49 sorghum hybrid seed producers from all over Mali, together with technical staff of farmer and development organizations (COPROSEM, ULPC, AMEDD, CNFA and EUKORD), representatives of three private seed enterprises, and inspection and seed certification agents (Labosem, Secteur Agriculture-Dioila).
Training was provided on basic knowledge and practical information required for successful hybrid seed production. Experience in identifying anther types, familiarity with field layout, control and rouging of off-type plants and pollen shedders, and planting date options to maximize “nicking” were gained by observation and demonstrations in a hybrid seed production field.
Likewise, harvest and post-harvest activities to ensure seed quality, purity and certification, options for the effective organization of seed producers, and field and grain inspection for economically viable seed production and certification were also discussed. Farmers’ interest in hybrid sorghum seed production is growing dramatically as they hear experiences on how producers are earning money from the sale of hybrid seed and harvesting grain for consumption.
Says an enthusiastic Yakuba Konate of Oumaribougou, “we not only learned about regulations and recommended practices but also why they are so.”