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Notes to Broadcasters on Millet testing:

It’s likely that most farmers have had some experience with seed testing – whether simply comparing their crops to those of their neighbours or perhaps trying a new variety promoted by an agricultural extension officer. As this story shows, tests can help farmers discover which seeds grow better in their particular climatic conditions. In the case of Katsina State farmers, the introduction of new millet varieties may help them cope with climate change and soil depletion, which were causing crop failure.

You may consider exploring this issue further with the following types of radio shows:
-An in-studio discussion with farmers’ association leaders and agricultural extension officers on the subject of seed varieties that produce best in your area.
-A call-in show that asks local farmers to describe their experiences with seed testing or improved seeds.

You may also wish to refer to the following DCFRN resources:
-This week’s Script of the Week, from DCFRN Package 68, Script 8 (September 2003), which offers some suggestions on how to compare the performance of different varieties of seeds or plants: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/68-8script_en.asp
-A story from Issue 2 of Farm Radio Weekly about how some farmers are re-discovering traditional seed varieties that are well-adapted to their local climate: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2007/12/10/1-africa-re-discovery-of-traditional-crops-helps-farmers-cope-with-climate-change-farm-radio-weekly/

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