Genomics-assisted breeding for high yielding and climate resilient finger millet/ragi varieties/hybrids and promotion of best suitable cultivars for food and nutritional security in Karnataka State of India
Duration: 01/Apr/2016 - 31/Mar/2019
Project contact: Dr Santosh P Deshpande (S.DESHPANDE@CGIAR.ORG)
Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Department of Agriculture- Government of Karnataka-India
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals
The aim is to contribute to the development of improved finger millet varieties in the state of Karnataka by developing and deploying genomics tools in finger millet breeding. The project envisages that the genomics information for developing superior cultivars with enhanced crop productivity finger millet yields in the target regions is developed. This project will also help in enhancing livelihoods of farming women since majority of the field operations involved in the crop production are traditionally carried by them. With stabilized grain and fodder yields provide opportunities of improved livelihoods and nutrition to finger millet farmers.