Farmer participatory varietal selection in Lao lowland rice systems

Vial, L., Sipaseuth, Inthapanya, P. and Fukai, S. (2008). Farmer participatory varietal selection in Lao lowland rice systems. In: M. Unkovich, Global Issues, Paddock Action: Proceedings of the 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference. 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, (). 21-25 September 2008.


Author Vial, L.
Sipaseuth
Inthapanya, P.
Fukai, S.
Title of paper Farmer participatory varietal selection in Lao lowland rice systems
Conference name 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 21-25 September 2008
Convener Australian Society of Agronomy
Proceedings title Global Issues, Paddock Action: Proceedings of the 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Place of Publication Gosford Australia
Publisher The Regional Institute
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN not found
Editor M. Unkovich
Total pages 4
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Participatory variety selection (PVS) is being used by the ACIAR funded UQ-Lowland Laos Project to improve rice varietal adaptation and seed production. The strength of this participatory approach is in allowing farmers’ judgment on grain quality and plant type to enter the breeding process in the final stages, ensuring local adaptation and fostering ownership of the chosen varieties which encourages seed production and distribution. Eating quality especially is an important parameter – probably even more important in Lao PDR – that has caused otherwise suitable varieties to be discarded by farmers. In the absence a of a well-resourced grain quality program to assess early generations, it is a pragmatic middle way. The two provinces that returned data differed in varietal preference. Vientiane Province selected solely TDK varieties, which were bred in Vientiane Province (TDK9, TDK11, TDK 25 and TDK42). Champassak Province, in southern Lao PDR, selected varieties from a range of sources (TDK8, PNG3, TDK49, TDK1 and TSN7). The methodology in the 2007 wet season was deficient in four ways: eating quality was not assessed (insufficient grain), selection was done solely on plant type and not with yield data, very few women were invited to select in Vientiane Province and the PVS was not conducted in a drought-prone environment. All of these will be addressed in wet season 2008. This will be an ongoing process; as such the ability of farmers, local staff and national staff to conduct and utilize PVS has been improved.
Subjects E1
820402 Rice
070305 Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
Keyword participatory variety selection
rice
Lao PDR
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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