Component One

Technology Generation and Dissemination

Focuses on improved technology generation and dissemination activities associated with the legumes and legume based farming system and are guided by the R&D agenda developed through a participatory process coordinated by the RCoL and at regional level by Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA). All activities financed under Component 1 are being undertaken through collaborative R&D projects involving the participation of at least two countries and are focusing on regional priorities. All R&D projects include a set of activities designed to ensure that technologies generated through APPSA enter the dissemination system and are made available to farmers and other end users.

Technology generation

In terms of technology generation, as at June 2018, APPSA Zambia has facilitated generation of 19 technologies of which 14 are food legume varieties, 3 rice variety and 2 maize varieties.

At pre-release stage, three (3) rice varieties, and three (3) promising pigeon pea varieties have been submitted to SCCI for national variety testing prior to release.

Under Technology generation, APPSA’s research priorities cover activities associated with the program commodities (Legumes, Maize, Rice, Sorghum and Cassava). These activities include germplasm collection and characterization, crop improvement (plant breeding), seed systems, agronomy and soil management, pests and disease management, conservation agriculture, Integrated Crop and Livestock Management, value addition and marketing, food safety, climate smart agriculture, socio economics studies and post-harvest activities covering processing and storage.

As at 31st June, 2018, Zambia is implementing 12 technology generation sub-projects as all cycle 1 and cycle 2 technology generation sub projects were recommended for closure. All the 12 sub-projects are cycle 3 distributed as follows 5 legumes, 2 maize, 4 Cassava and 1 Multiple Crops. Out of these, Zambia is leading in 1 maize, 3 legumes, 2 Cassava and 1 Multiple Crops third cycle R&D sub projects.

There are 19 R&D sub-projects under dissemination and Zambia is leading in 13.  Of the total technology dissemination sub-projects, a total of 8 sub-projects are cycle 1 distributed as follows legumes (3) rice (3) maize (1) and sorghum (1). The total number of sub-project in cycle 2 is 3 and all are legumes. In cycle 3, a total of 8 sub-projects is being implemented that include legumes (2) maize (4) sorghum (1) and rice (1).

During the reporting period, 9 dissemination R&D sub projects concluded leaving 10 R&D sub-projects under dissemination being implemented where Zambia is leading in 5.  Of the total technology dissemination sub-projects, 2 sub-projects are cycle 1 both of which are legumes, and in cycle 3, a total of 8 sub-projects are being implemented that include legumes (2) maize (4) sorghum (1) and rice (1).

Technologies generated through APPSA sub-Projects

To date, APPSA sub projects have contributed to the release of 19 seed varieties distributed as 14 legume seed varieties, 3 rice variety and 2 maize varieties. These are; 14 Legumes – 6 Groundnuts (MGV-6, MGV-7, Lupande, Mwamusanga, Wazitatu and MGV-8); 2 Beans (Lunga and Lungwe Bungu); 3 Cowpea (Mtilizi, Lunkhwakwa and Lukusuzi); 3 Pigeon Pea (Msekera Pigeon Pea Variety {MPV-2}, MPPV 3 and MPPV 4);3 Rice (Supa-MG, Misamfu – 2 and Misamfu – 3); and 2 Quality Protein Maize varieties (GV682P and GV687P). At pre-release stage, 3 rice varieties (Sakozi, Nsenga, and Pusa), 2 superior groundnut varieties, 1 drought tolerant groundnut variety and 3 promising pigeon pea varieties have been submitted for national variety testing prior to release with Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI).

 

 

 

 

 

Released Groundnut Variety – Wamusanga

  • Drought tolerant-(85-90 days)
  • Sweet taste-milky taste
  • High yielding(1.5-1.8t/ha)
  • Name:Wamusanga

 

 

 

 

                    Newly Released Rice Variety – Misamfu-3

  • Intermediate, Aromatic,
  • Long grain,
  • Awnless,
  • Suitable for irrigate, Rainfed Lowland (hydromorphic (dambos) and floodplain],
  • Moderately tolerant to blast/brown spot