At the first review meeting of the project “Developing Chickpea Cultivars suited to Mechanical Harvesting and Tolerant to Herbicides” the most promising chickpea lines suitable for mechanical harvesting and tolerant to herbicides were presented.

Dr Pooran Gaur, Assistant Research Program Director – Grain Legumes, and Project Coordinator, presented highlights of the progress made during 2013-14. The project team identified promising breeding lines which were at par or superior to the best chickpea cultivar at each target location while also being suitable for machine harvesting. In addition, sources of herbicide tolerance were identified by screening large number of chickpea genotypes at each location.

On the recommendation of the project team, an Initial Varietal Trial (IVT) on Machine Harvestable Chickpea was introduced in AICRP trials. This trial will facilitate release of machine harvestable chickpea varieties through the Central Variety Release Committee. The project team contributed eight entries to this trial.

The review meeting was held in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India on 29 August and attended by project partners, ICRISAT, the Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (RVSKVV), and Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU).

Source: ICRISAT Happenings