Pigeonpea

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Improved pigeonpea hybrid helps farmers fight drought in Maharashtra, India

Farmers in Maharashtra, India, are taking to pigeonpea hybrid ICPH 2740 in a big way to combat successive drought years. Despite the drought situation for last two cropping seasons in the state, ICPH 2740 yielded 2 to 3 tons per ha on farmers’ field. The hybrid is also helping farmers break decades-old stagnating yields. During 2014 and 2015 cropping season more than 30,000 ha was covered with the hybrid pigeonpea ICPH 2740. Farmers are also ready to invest in technologies…

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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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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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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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Pigeonpea – a life changer for Malawi’s drought-stricken farmers

This story first appeared on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website. Read the full story here http://www.trust.org/item/20151009123820-sbq6o/ In Chambogho in Karonga district in North Malawi, 31-year-old John Msuku and his family insist pigeonpea has transformed their lives. When John first left school, he rushed to the southern city Blantyre to find a ‘proper job’. “My parents wanted me to stay and make a living out of fishing like them. But they had always struggled and I wanted a career where I…

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Pigeonpea hybrids attractive to farmers in Indian state of Maharashtra

Farmers in Maharashtra, India, are switching to pigeonpea hybrids on a large scale.  Traditionally, farmers here grow pigeonpea as an intercrop with soybean or cotton. However, in the recent past farmers incurred heavy losses on their soybean crop due to infestation by Yellow vein mosaic and Shoot fly. On the other hand, pigeonpea gave them good returns. Farmers in the region are happy with the performance of hybrid pigeonpea developed by ICRISAT due its vigor and resistance to diseases. It…

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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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Molecular breeding provides good results for pigeonpea

Various products such as hybrid purity testing kits, markers for disease resistance and enhancing yield and yield-related traits, novel populations for bringing new alleles/combinations in future pigeonpea hybrids/varieties are some of the important outputs of the USAID-funded project ‘Pigeonpea improvement using molecular breeding’. Information on the 11 products developed during Phase I of the project was shared with stakeholders at a recent workshop, at ICRISAT-India. Dr Bahiru Duguma, Director, Food Security Office, USAID, mentioned that USAID was keen on this…

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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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Extension and expansion of legumes in Indian state of Odisha

New initiatives in pigeonpea and groundnut were launched in Odisha to address gaps in seed production, soil and nutrient management, pest management, and processing and marketing. The projects will be farmer driven, farmer implemented and farmer owned. The major components of the two projects include: evaluate, identify, promote improved variety/hybrids of pigeonpea and groundnut; develop seed system at village level to achieve self-sustenance of farmer preferred varieties; build capacities of farmers and self-help groups; and link production with processing and…

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