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Foliar fungal disease screening nursery at ICRISAT-India with infector rows and test entries. Photo: P Janila

Improving groundnut using near-isogenic lines for the first time

For the first time in groundnut crop, a Near-Isogenic Lines (NILs) evaluation trial of marker assisted backcrossing (MABC) derived lines, was constituted for national testing, under the All India Coordinated Research Project on Groundnut (AICRP-G). Constituting NIL trial under AICRP-G, is a key step towards the release of NILs for cultivation in target ecologies. AICRP-G coordinates the release of groundnut varieties in India through multi-location testing of groundnut lines across five groundnut growing agroecological zones of India. Thirteen elite NILs…

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Accelerating pulse production in southern India

Pulse farmers across two south Indian states, Telangana and Karnataka are being exposed to new technologies, varieties, hybrids and innovations in agronomic practices, for improving productivity and thus contributing to the Indian national program of attaining self-sufficiency in pulses. During a recent project review meeting, partners discussed challenges in the seed supply chain, technology uptake by farmers, scale-up challenges, need for developing standardized protocols for agronomic practices, need for mechanization and other issues faced on field and shared work plans…

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Women encouraged to take up pigeonpea cultivation

In a region where pigeonpea had completely disappeared, farmers, especially women, are being encouraged to again grow pigeonpea for enhanced incomes and improving soil fertility. In Jagmalpura and Rampuravas villages of Rajasthan, India, farmers have been convinced to grow early-duration pigeonpea varieties on 200 ha. At a training-cum-planning workshop, Dr Anupama Hingane, Special Project Scientist, Pigeonpea Breeding, ICRISAT, gave detailed information about benefits of pigeonpea crop, and requested men to support their wives and daughters to actively participate not only…

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High-oil and high-oleate groundnuts to meet the growing demand in India

Blog post by Dr Radhakrishnan, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh, Gujarat, India. Globally, India is the second largest importer of vegetable oils after China. Further, vegetable oil imports are on rise, to meet the growing domestic consumption in the country. The cost of vegetable oil imports is about USD 7.37 billion during 2013-14. There is an urgent need to boost the domestic production of oil seeds to reduce imports and save national exchequer. Groundnut is the third largest contributor…

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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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Odisha Government extends ICRISAT pigeonpea project for four years

The success and impact of ICRISAT’s pigeonpea seed systems project has prompted the state government of Odisha, India, to extend the project to three new districts (Ganjam, Gajapati and Sonepur) of the state over the period 2015-2018. The ‘Introduction and Expansion of Improved Pigeonpea Production Technology in Rainfed Upland Ecosystems of Odisha’ had been implemented in five districts (Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Boudh) of Odisha state during the period 2011-2014. Acknowledging ICRISAT’s contribution, the Department of Agriculture and Food…

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Fruitful partnerships for improving disease resistance in groundnut

In a first of its kind, introgression lines using Marker Assisted Backcross Breeding (MABC) for foliar fungal disease resistance have been bred in groundnut. This distinction was achieved in collaboration with Indian National Agricultural Research System (NARS) partners. Foliar fungal diseases, like rust and leaf spot, in groundnut account for 15% losses in Asia and 20% each in Eastern and Southern Africa and West and Central Africa. Cultivation of disease resistant varieties will result in enhanced groundnut production, improved livelihoods,…

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Increasing pigeonpea cultivation in Rajasthan through women’s participation

Increasing numbers of women farmers are adopting pigeonpea cultivation in the state of Rajasthan, India. Convinced by the returns gained by the farmers in the villages of Jaipur district, 100 women from four villages of Alwar district have expressed their willingness to take up pigeonpea seed production on their farms. Recognizing the important role played by women in agriculture, a new initiative is being undertaken by ICRISAT’s pigeonpea breeding team to encourage the involvement of women farmers from Rajasthan in…

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