This Agrodok deals with the general principals of maintaining plants or cultivars for seed production.
The introduction outlines the reasons for farmers producing their own seed. It becomes clear that the increasing dominance of large multinationals and the controversy over genetic engineering highlight the importance of farmers maintaining their ability to produce seed.
The Agrodok begins by giving the reasons why farmers may want to keep their own seed. It goes on to describe the way to identify, select and process the variety or cultivar best suited for seed production. One chapter deals with the crop husbandry methods for the production of the seed for cereals and pulses, especially harvesting and storing.
The concluding chapter, Seed sales as a small business, gives the advantages of farmers marketing their own seed as well as the regulations that control this process in many countries
Sample PDF: Small-scale seed production
No. of pages: 92