Pigoenpea

Farmers conducting participatory variety selection in Lundazi district in Zambia (Inset) ICEAP 00554. Photo: ICRISAT

New improved pigeonpea variety released in Zambia to withstand climate change

A new medium duration pigeonpea variety MPPV 2 (ICEAP 00554) was released for general cultivation in sole and intercropping systems of Zambia. The new variety has many profitable traits. It has wider climate adaptability and pest tolerance, high yield potential, attractive grains and is suitable to ratooning and can be used as green peas. Pigeonpea is gaining popularity in Zambia, due to its climate adaptability, suitability to prevailing cropping systems, farmers and consumers preference and market opportunities. MPPV 2 is…

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Short-duration pigeonpea a boon to farmers of Rajasthan, India

Farmers in the Indian state of Rajasthan consider short-duration pigeonpea varieties a boon as the crop requires fewer inputs, thrives well even under limited water conditions due to its deep root system, and matures in 120 days. This gives farmers the opportunity to grow postrainy season crops like wheat, chickpea and mustard. Earlier, farmers avoided pigeonpea due to its long maturity period. But introduction of short-duration varieties in the region have encouraged more farmers to grow pigeonpea. Villages of Jaipur…

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GENNOVATE – A global study on gender norms and innovations

Incorporating gender in agricultural research is a key strategy for successful interventions. This was demonstrated at a workshop of the GENNOVATE methodology. A qualitative research methodology was specifically developed and brought to scale in the study to explore hidden norms within societies, particularly in the field of gender and agriculture. It explores differences in women’s and men’s capacities to access, adopt, and benefit from innovations in agriculture and natural resource management. Developed by the CGIAR Gender Research Agriculture Network, the…

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Attractive net returns promote adoption of cultivars

Experience of the Tropical Legumes II (TL II) project showed that profitable net returns, rather than physical yield of cultivars, is a stronger motivating factor for farmers to adopt cultivars. Key lessons learnt during the two phases (2007-2011 & 2011-2014) of project implementation are: The price fetched by the farmer as well as the physical yield of the cultivar should be considered when deciding the cultivars to be released to farmers. Farmer-Participatory Varietal Selection (FPVS) trials have demonstrated their potential…

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Pigeonpea cultivation improving livelihoods of farmers in Odisha, India

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…

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