ILCA to expand forage seed work
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CTA. 1988. ILCA to expand forage seed work. Spore 17. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) is to establish a forage seed unit at its Debre Zeit research station, south of Addis Ababa. It also intends to expand the activities of the Pasture Network for Eastern and Southern Africa...
The International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) is to establish a forage seed unit at its Debre Zeit research station, south of Addis Ababa. It also intends to expand the activities of the Pasture Network for Eastern and Southern Africa (PANESA) and to train national researchers in forage seed production and evaluation. This follows a $3.2 million grant from the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency. The new forage seed unit will have laboratory, warehouse and seed processing facilities and will be linked to ILCA's genebank. The unit will also be linked to national seed production programmes across sub-Saharan Africa, which will be provided with a guaranteed supply of seed. Another important role for the unit will be to undertake the initial seed multiplication for promising forage accessions. By doing this ILCA hopes to bridge the gap between supply and demand when farmers are in the early stages of adopting new germplasm lines. The new facilities will also be used to assist with the introduction and propagation of forage seed from other international agricultural research centres. Forage seed supplies are seen as vitally important to livestock development and ILCA believe the new unit will help to overcome the current problem where seed supplies cannot keep pace with demand. For more details, contact: I LCA Box 5689 Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA