By B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali
Traditionally when a farmer harvested a crop some of it would be saved as seed for planting in the next rain season.
When a farmer noticed that a neighbour had good beans, he would request for some to plant.
Farmers select seed for different reasons such as good taste, resistance to disease, yield capacity, nutritional value, and drought tolerance, among others.
Crop production is largely about seed selection and development by farmers and plant breeders in order to come up with good harvests.
The traditional practice of saving seed or getting free seed from friends and relatives is however disappearing with the arrival of quality seed of superior varieties from professional seed breeders and seed companies. Read more