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By Song Yiching, Ronnie Vernooy

Farmers and researchers too usually reside and paintings in several realities. Researchers breed plant hybrids within the laboratory which are winning simply below excellent stipulations, requiring simply the precise inputs of water, fertilizer, and insecticides. For resource-poor farmers, besides the fact that, such stipulations easily don’t exist. hence, they both receive terrible effects from high-tech seeds or proceed to do the easiest they could with neighborhood types. Seeds and Synergies displays at the cutting edge efforts of a gaggle of chinese language researchers and extension brokers to attach scientists and farmers. Their motion study has enabled indigenous men and women in neighborhood groups to enhance maize forms together with specialist plant breeders. This has invigorated maize construction, created new livelihoods, and reinforced organizational capacities. The study has additionally ended in coverage alterations in plant breeding, within the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, within the safety of indigenous wisdom, in farmer association, and within the provision of providers, particularly extension. This publication may be of specific curiosity to rural improvement students, researchers, lecturers and running shoes, and field-level practitioners.

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He is a leading maize breeder and currently a chief scientist in maize research and production in China. He is the director and a professor in maize improvement in the research department of the Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing. MAIZE AND THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM 27 Huang Kaijian obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Guangxi Agricultural University in Nanning and has worked as a maize breeder at the Guangxi Maize Research Institute since the 1980s.

MAIZE AND THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM 25 Box 2. The experience with Tuxpeño 1 in south-west China Tuxpeño 1, the name used by Guangxi farmers, is an improved population that was developed by the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT) from a landrace that originated in Tuxpau, Mexico. Tuxpeño 1 was introduced to south-west China in 1978, originally as a constituent for variety improvement and hybrid combination. However, because of its adaptability, stability and stress tolerance, especially its resistance to lodging, Tuxpeño 1 was rapidly disseminated throughout the three provinces (Guangxi, Yunnan and Guizhou, mainly through informal seed exchanges, and became particularly popular with farmers in the remote mountainous areas.

In chapter 6, we discuss the extension system in more detail. As national food security via food self-sufficiency has been the number one agricultural goal of the Chinese central government, the target crops for public agricultural research have been food grains, mainly the three staples – rice, wheat and maize. Increasing the productivity of these crops via hybrid technology has become the main aim of agricultural research. A strategy based on hybrid varieties has become a kind of bible for policy makers and hybrid breeding has become almost the only focus of formal plant breeding in China.

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