Posts Tagged ‘cultivar trials’

Dr Hannibal Muhtar and Tanzanian groundnut breeder Dr. Omari Mponda

Naliendele means “eat when you are sleeping” in the local language of Southeast Tanzania. It is also the name of the community where you can find the Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute. According to local legend, a man had been traveling over long distances when he arrived to this community. He was very tired from his long journey. The people of the community gave him food and a place to sleep. The next day the man could not remember if he had eaten any food the previous day. He had been so tired from his journey that he could not remember. The people of the community said he ate while he was sleeping.

Naliendele ARI is an important site for research on cashew nut, groundnut, sesame, cassava and other crops.

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Dr. Hannibal Muhtar (center) of AGRICON International Inc. advises Dr. Samuel Gudu (right), the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development of Moi University. They are considering how to design an irrigation system for a proposed agronomic trial site in Sega Western Kenya. Agricultural scientist Onkware Augustino (left) looks on.

As with any other endeavor, establishing an agronomic trial site requires substantial preparation. Planners must consider the homogeneity of fields with respect to soil and topographic conditions, fencing and security to protect the site from animals and intruders and how water can be accessed to provide irrigation.

Is there a weather station that will provide sufficient data to characterize the trials? Are there any pest and weed problems that could make carrying out experiments difficult? These are only a few of the considerations that must be taken into account.

Researchers with expertise in spatial analysis from CIATCIMMYTIITA and ICRISAT are working with the Generation Challenge Program (GCP) and others to evaluate new and existing cultivar trial sites. Our role is to analyze the location of the sites in the overall context of the GCP’s molecular breeding platform and other crop improvement programs.


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