Hybrid pigeonpea seeds and other pulses


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(L-R) Dr SP Wani, Mr Pattanayak and Dr Peter Carberry (ICRISAT Deputy Director General for Research) at the meeting.


Mr Shobhana K Pattanayak, Secretary, Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DoAC & FW), Government of India, has called on all value chain actors including farmers, seed companies, private sector and research organizations to find a joint solution to resolve all hurdles and issues that are preventing Indian farmers from meeting their demand for hybrid pigeonpea seeds and other pulses.

At the request of the Government of India, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) recently hosted a high-level planning meeting at its headquarters in Hyderabad, which was chaired by Mr Pattanayak.

Over forty participants including farmer representatives, government officials from five State Departments (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Odisha), state agricultural universities and eight seed companies involved in the production of hybrid seeds came together and started a new initiative to explore ways of making India self-sufficient in the production of pulses, in particular hybrid pigeonpea.

At a time when India is keen to be pulse self-sufficient and is committed to overcome the under supply and export costs, popularization and increasing the uptake of hybrid pigeonpea across India was recognized  as one of the key solutions during the deliberations.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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