Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding


Participatory varietal selection in fodder oats under temperate conditions of Kashmir valley

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A study was done on the participatory varietal selection
(PVS) for adoption of improved forage oat varieties in
Kashmir under Himalayan conditions. The study assessed
how this approach influence farmers’ uptake of the
introduced forage oat varieties and determined socioeconomic,
bio-physical and institutional factors that
influence the adoption of these improved forage oat
varieties. Therefore a survey was carried out in Shopian,
Pulwama, Srinagar, Bandipora and Gandarbal districts in
Kashmir. Data were collected from 113 farmers using a predesigned
questionnaire. Before administering the individual
questionnaire, a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) was
conducted by selecting 50 households from 16 selected
sites. The sites were selected from central, north and south
areas of Kashmir valley. Three sites from Districts of
Srinagar, four sites from Gandarbal, four from Shopian and
five sites selected from Pulwama to identify background
information, production constraints as well as the farmers
perception about varietal specification of fodder oats.
Descriptive statistics were generated using c2-test. The most
preferred genotypes identified by the farmers through PVS
were SKO-90, SKO-96 and SKO-98. These genotypes needs
to be evaluated further by Baby Trial evaluation system on
big plot size and over many more locations to corroborate
the real performance and finally to recommend the varieties
for up scaling through Participatory Seed Production under
such ecologies.

Keywords: Oats, participatory varietal selection, Himalayan conditions, seed production.


Year: 2016
Volume: 76
Issue: 2
Article DOI: 10.5958/0975-6906.2016.00032.8
Print ISSN: 0019-5200
Online ISSN: 0975-6906


Mushtaq Ahmad info_circle
Ishfaq Abidi info_circle
Gul-Zaffar info_circle
Asif B. Shikari info_circle

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