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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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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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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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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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Strengthening seed systems in grain legumes in Eastern and Southern Africa

Pigeonpea and chickpea, the two legumes grown widely in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) have experienced good production gains in the past two decades.  In Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda, which are major pigeonpea producers, the area (935,900 ha) and production (691,500 t) of pigeonpea has increased dramatically. Productivity, however, still hovers at 800 kg/ha, much lower than the realizable yield potential. Chickpea is grown on about 493,000 ha in the region, with Ethiopia and Tanzania taking away a…

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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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Hybrid pigeonpea technology gives bumper yield to farmers

Farmers cultivating ICRISAT’s pigeonpea hybrids reported significant increases in yields, with the medium duration hybrids grown by farmers in five states in India giving 30-35% higher yields compared to local varieties. This was despite facing challenges such as resource scarcity, climate change and degradation of soil fertility in the five states. These were shared during the Review Meeting on Hybrid Pigeonpea Seed Production, which brought together 50 smallholder farmers and seed producers at the ICRISAT headquarters on 14 May, to…

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Pigeonpea agronomy and pest management training conducted in Uganda

With an objective to promote pigeonpea cultivation among smallholder farmers in Uganda, the Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (NgeZARDI) in partnership with ICRISAT Nairobi conducted a training program on ‘Integrated pigeonpea management technology’ on 14 March in Lira, Uganda. Twenty-six participants, including research assistants from NgeZARDI and officers from agricultural extension and National Agricultural Advisory Services in four project target districts namely Alebtong, Kitgum, Lira and Pader, were trained in agronomy, disease and insect management. The training activity…

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Farmer partner on pigeonpea seed production in Odisha, India receives top honor

Mr Pradip Kumar Panda, a progressive farmer cooperator under ICRISAT’s “Introduction and Expansion of Improved Pigeonpea (Arhar) Production Technology in Rainfed Upland Ecosystems of Odisha” project was honored with the India Agriculture Minister’s “Krishi Karman Award for Progressive Farmers” on 10 February. Mr Panda received the award from the Honorable President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee during the inaugural ceremony of the World Agroforestry Congress 2014 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. Mr Panda of Antamoda village, Rayagada district, Odisha…

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