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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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Call to enhance pigeonpea productivity to combat protein malnutrition in India

The urgent need to explore novel ways to enhance pigeonpea productivity through crop improvement was underlined at the Second International Conference on Bio-resource and Stress Management held in Hyderabad recently. Pigeonpea productivity has remained stagnant over the last few decades, thereby depriving the predominantly vegetarian population in India of a main source of protein. Presenting a paper on “Advances in pigeonpea research”, ICRISAT’s pigeonpea breeder Dr CV Sameer Kumar highlighted the research being done in collaboration with the Indian Institute…

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Brainstorming with partners on future strategies for pigeonpea research in India

At a recent event ‘Brainstorming Session on Pigeonpea Research – Current Status & Future Strategies for India,’ held at ICRISAT-India, partner institutes like the Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur and other collaborating institutes  came together to discuss the future strategy for pigeonpea research in India. During the inaugural session, Dr CLL Gowda, Deputy Director General-Research, ICRISAT, shared that the modernization of pigeonpea breeding, using tools of Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP), will soon be made available to national partners.…

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Pigeonpea improves women’s participation and enhances livelihoods

Introduction of Improved Pigeonpea Production Technology (IPPT) in the state of Odisha, India, has increased women’s participation by 34%, more than doubled net incomes from ₹5,019 per ha to ₹11,941 per ha, and enhanced productivity from 522 kg per ha for the landraces to 764 kg per ha for the improved varieties. Around 26,827 smallholder farmers, including 1,947 women, benefited from ICRISAT’s interventions. The project ‘Introduction and Expansion of Improved Pigeonpea (Arhar) Production Technology in Rainfed Upland Ecosystems of Odisha’…

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Reviving hopes of farmers with hybrid pigeonpea technology

Over 70 smallholder farmers and seed producers from six states in India collectively endorsed and recognized the contribution of hybrid pigeonpea in achieving food and nutrition security, resilience and improved livelihood. The hybrids in the crop (first in world in any legume) are the results of the crop improvement efforts by ICRISAT. Despite facing challenges such as resource scarcity, climate change and degradation of soil fertility, the farmers cultivating the ICRISAT hybrids reported significant increase in pigeonpea yields. A medium-duration…

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