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Pigeonpea helps farmers to fight drought

 

Photo credit: ICRISAT

Dr Hingane interacting with the farmers from Maharashtra. Photo: Srinivas, ICRISAT

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 like micro-irrigation, transplanting, nipping etc., to gain a higher yield.

This has been possible with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra, through Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojan (RKVY) and Agriculture Technology Mission Agency (ATMA).

More than 300 farmers visited ICRISAT recently to know more about the hybrid pigeonpea and to get seed sample for demonstration in their field. Farmers from both traditional pigeonpea growing areas as well as non-traditional growing areas visited.

During their visit, they interacted with Dr Suhas Wani, Regional Program Director, Asia Program, ICRISAT, and gained information on various water and soil management techniques to combat the current drought situation. Dr Wani briefed farmers about sustainable agriculture technologies and water management approaches.

Read the full story: ICRISAT

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.