Why do farmers use "hybrid cultivars" that don't re-seed?
May 9, 2014 8:57 AM Subscribe
I recently read this terribly sad article
in the Guardian, which describes how cotton farmers in India "must purchase fresh seeds as retailers sell them only as hybrid cultivars, which prevents growers from replanting them the following year."
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Why do the farmers do this, I'm guessing cost, or are they better for some reason? Would supplying them with seeds that self-propagate break this chain of dependence on the seed retailers? Is this so obvious that a charity or NGO has already thought of it and is doing this?
Google just showed me a few articles about seed programmes in Africa, I'm looking for more specific stuff, but my too-long-out-of-school, no-biology-terminology-left-in-vocabulary brain can't figure out the search terms. I'll be honest, I barely understand what a hybrid cultivar is.