Pigeonpea seed systems in Asia
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Myer G. Mula, Emmanuel Sifueli Monyo, Rajeev Varshney, Chanda Venkata Sameer Kumar, Ch Ravinder Reddy, Rachit Saxena. (Accepted on 8/1/2016). Pigeonpea seed systems in Asia. Legume Perspectives.
Pigeonpea seed systems consist of the formal and informal seed sector. However, the informal seed sector dominates the seed production system. Majority of rainfed farmers who grow pigeonpea (about 80% - 90%) save a part of their produce as seed requirement. In the formal seed sector, government agencies and private companies are involved in production and distribution of quality seeds of improved varieties and hybrids. Role of private sector diffusion in pigeonpea market is not encouraging owing to lack of commercial perspective in the crop and other factors. The integrated approach that takes into cognizance the formal and informal seed sector in breeding, seed production and distribution has shown to have promising potential for improving seed supply to smallholder farmers. Moreover, any seed system, for that matter, requires a regulatory framework as well as a seed policy that considers regulations of an expanding and diversifying seed sector for the benefit of the farmers engaged in the seed production system