Chickpea

Securing incomes for women. A women farmers harvests chickpea in Ethiopia. Photo Swathi Sridharan, ICRISAT

High yielding and disease resistant chickpea varieties released in Ethiopia

The National Variety Release Committee (NVRC) announced the release of three new improved chickpea varieties with better yield, disease resistance (wilt, root rot and ascochyta blight) and early maturity for production inhigh altitude areas (1800-2800 m) of Ethiopia. This was the outcome of a research collaboration between International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and ICRISAT. The breeding lines for these varieties were provided by ICRISAT and ICARDA. Chickpea crop improvement…

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Visitors at the ICRISAT stall Photo ICRISAT

Participants witness the huge impact of improved agri-technologies on farmers and stakeholders along Ethiopian legume value chain

A field trip organized for the participants of the CGIAR Science Forum 2016 provided them an overview of how the legume commodity value chain operates in Ethiopia and how partners of Grain Legumes work together to link smallholder farmers with marketing channels so that even the small and marginalized participants benefit. The visitors got an opportunity to see for themselves the positive transformation in the lives of the beneficiaries of the Tropical Legumes projects and the work that is being…

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Participants discuss in groups at the stakeholders’ feedback meet. Photo: ICRISAT

Exploring strategies and collaborations to increase participation of women throughout the chickpea value chain in Ethiopia

Potential areas of collaboration with various partners to help Ethiopian women overcome restricting cultural norms and enhance their participation in agronomic activities, were discussed at a feedback session of an ongoing gender study. The qualitative study designed by the gender team investigated the factors responsible for women not attending the training programs. A major challenge faced by the chickpea breeding team in Ethiopia has been the low participation of women in the Participatory Varietal Selection (PVS) process. When farmers are…

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High-yielding, drought tolerant and disease resistant varieties of chickpea have spurred a postrainy season i.e. rabi revolution in the district of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT

Roadmap for pulses self-sufficiency in India

A roadmap to achieve pulses self-sufficiency for India by increasing production, yield and area under pulses, and by setting up seed hubs and demonstration of best technologies was recently drawn up by the Government of India (GoI) in consultation with national and international research institutes. The government announced the implementation of a Pulses Program, with an outlay of ` 4.05 billion (US$ 60.44 million), over the next four years to achieve self-sufficiency in pulses. At a recent workshop, detailed plans…

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Farmers and consumers need to be ‘pulse smart’

This post was first published in ICRISAT News Message from Professor Chandra Madramootoo, Board Chair, ICRISAT Pulses are truly magic, offering a win-win-win situation for the farmer, the consumer and the planet. Farmers and consumers globally would benefit by being more ‘pulse smart’. They are multi-functional crops that are good for nutrition and soil productivity, and are dryland crops that need less water and have the potential to weather climate change. Traditionally pulses were an important part of daily diets,…

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Combine harvester at work – harvesting the new chickpea variety. Photos: PS Rao, ICRISAT

First machine harvestable chickpea variety – Boon for farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India

Imagine 2.25 tons of chickpea harvested in just 75 minutes! The process (including cutting and threshing) would normally take three days. This is made possible due to the breeding of a taller chickpea variety that can be harvested by standard machinery. The chickpea variety, NBeG 47, is the first machine harvestable variety released in Andhra Pradesh suitable for the state’s variable climate. This development was demonstrated recently in a farmer’s field in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district showing how farmers can…

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Ripening pods promise food security and prosperity for this dryland farmer in Kenya Photo: ICRISAT

The Pulse of the Drylands

As the world adapts to climate change, crops once termed ‘orphan crops’ are now attracting attention, especially dryland pulses like pigeonpea and chickpea that have been ICRISAT’s mandate crops for more than four decades. These climate-smart crops help the smallholder farmers in arid and semi-arid regions of the world withstand weather variability, require less water, enrich the soil and are packed with nutrition. These crops provide more nutrition per drop not only for humans and livestock but for soils as…

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Participants at the field day. photo: C Ojiewo, ICRISAT

Ethiopian farmers try out new chickpea variety

At a field day organized at East Belessa, Gondar, to create awareness on Ejere, a chickpea variety that is new to the area, farmers expressed their interest to engage in seed production in the coming season after seeing its performance. The Habru variety, introduced earlier, had increased the productivity of chickpea in East Belessa District from an average of 0.6-0.7 t per ha (for the local variety) to 2.4 t per ha. To meet next year’s demand for seed, farmers…

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Combine harvester at work – harvesting the new chickpea variety. Photos: PS Rao, ICRISAT

Machine-harvestable chickpea varieties for a self-sufficient, food and nutrition secure India

Blog post by Dr Veera Jayalakshmi, Principal Scientist (Chickpea Breeding), Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University Chickpea is one of the major pulses cultivated in India. It is widely consumed across all regions in India, attributing to a per capita consumption of about 5.03 kg/capita/year which is higher than any other region (FAO STAT, 2006). In recent years, India has witnessed a striking phenomenon with respect to spread of chickpea area. Since 1964-65, the production of chickpea has declined by 4.0 million…

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Farmers examining a groundnut farm cultivating new varieties. Photo: ICRISAT

Indian state of Odisha reviews three ongoing legume projects

Three on-going legume projects on pigeonpea, groundnut and chickpea supported  by the Government of Odisha was reviewed  by Mr Rajesh Verma, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Odisha. The thrust of the review meeting included: Promotion of improved cultivars and production technologies; seed system development; and capacity building of farmers. The three projects that are implemented by ICRISAT as part of CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes include: Promotion of improved chickpea varieties in rice-based cropping systems of smallholder…

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