Pigeonpea farmers in the Indian state of Odisha are experiencing a significant 70% increase in yield by using improved varieties over the traditional landrace. This in turn has resulted in about 90% increase in income levels.

In the past year, a total of 620,000 kg of various certified seeds of farmer preferred varieties and hybrids were produced from the seed production component of the project ‘Introduction and Expansion of Improved Pigeonpea Production Technology in Rainfed Upland Ecosystem of Odisha’ funded by the Government of Odisha under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) sub-scheme and is being implemented in Rayagada, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts. The project is being undertaken under the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes

Participants during the Godown Launching and Orientation and Planning Workhop at Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi. (Photo by ICRISAT) copy

Participants during the Godown Launching and Orientation and Planning Workhop at Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi. (Photo by ICRISAT) copy

The highlights of the 2013-2014 crop season were presented at a workshop held in Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi on 4 March. A total of 70 participants including five Deputy Directors of Agriculture (for Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Boudh and Bolinger districts), agricultural technicians, non-government organizations, ICRISAT staff and farmers attended the Orientation and Planning Workshop for 2014-2015 to map the way forward.

Participants of the workshop deliberated on seed procurement of 79 tons of various seed classes (Foundation, Certified and Truthfully-Labelled seeds) of ICP 7035, ICPL 88039, Asha, Maruti, ICPH 2671 and ICPH 2740 to cover the target production area of 10,000 hectares for the year. The project‘s mid-term assessment study was also presented.

ICRISAT’s Dr Myer Mula and Mr Vijaya Kumar inaugurated godowns in Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi and Rayagada. Mr K Hanmanth Rao, Manager of Farm Services, ICRISAT, made a presentation on godown management. Part of the godowns will also serve as offices for ICRISAT staff assigned in the area for ease in project monitoring. Mr Sarat Tripathy (State Coordinator) presented the 2013-2014 cropping season accomplishments.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings