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Private research and public benefit: the private seed industry for sorghum and pearl millet in India

Private research and public benefit: the private seed industry for sorghum and pearl millet in India

Progress Report Economics Group, Resource Management Program, ICRISAT ( 89): 32pp.

Plant breeding by private firms in India has grown rapidly. The amount of private R&D and its impact on Indian agriculture is measured for pearl millet and sorghum using responses from a survey of seed companies and yield records from government trials. Firms spend almost as much as the government on breeding pearl millet and sorghum. Hybrids developed by firms are becoming popular with farmers: about 900 000 ha were planted with private pearl millet and sorghum hybrids in 1987.

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DOI: 10.1016/0048-7333(91)90092-5

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