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Innovation in seed technology

> Innovation in seed technology

Adoption of scientific practices and promotion of latest scientific research among farmers results in significant productivity gains. However, any new practice or innovation requires an enabling environment for establishment and upscaling. The challenge becomes significant among the small and marginal farmers who are by nature risk averse due to acute vulnerability of household economy.

CSPC has been partnering with prestigious international research institutions like International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to introduce latest research, seeds and practices for the benefit of ground nut farmers. CSPC has introduced a new variety named GGJ 32, which has about 15% higher oil content than existing varieties among farmers among famers. The farmer’s acceptance of the variety has also been high as the significant increase in bio mass produced by this variety supports the household animal husbandry activities. ICRISAT is also providing CSPC two new varieties GGJ 4 and GGJ 5, which significantly improve the shelf life of groundnut. Generally, it takes anything between 10 to 15 years for a ground nut to come into mass circulation after government clearances. CSPC intervention will significantly reduce this time lag in transmission of new innovative product.

CSPC has also been partnering with the leading agricultural universities of Gujarat such as Junagarh Agriculture University and Anand Agriculture University for procurement of inputs such as seeds, Trichoderma and other inputs to help farmer get benefit of supplies from trustworthy sources and on a discount in most cases from the market rates. CSPC also has strong partnership with local Krishi Vigyan Kendra, and they also closely work with CSPC for promotion of new knowledge and government schemes with farmers.