B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
As we begin this rainy season, many crop farmers across the country are preparing to plant seeds. Seeds are a major input in crop production.
If the seeds are of poor quality, the farmer will not get high yields even if the soil is good and the rainfall plentiful.
For centuries, farmers have planted seeds preserved from the previous harvest, based on yield performance, taste, and appearance.
Today, however, farmers are faced with new challenges, including a rapidly growing population to feed, malnutrition, depleted soils, climate change resulting in unreliable weather patterns and crop diseases, loss of bio-diversity, and man’s destruction of the natural environment.
The new crop production challenges point to the urgent need for different approaches and new technologies especially with regard to seed selection. Read more …