Vegetable Soybean: A Crop with Immense Potential to Improve Human Nutrition and Diversify Cropping Systems in Eastern India- A Review

Ravishankar, M and Pan, R S and Kaur, D P and Giri, R R and Anil Kumar, V and Rathore, A and Easdown, W and Nair, R M (2016) Vegetable Soybean: A Crop with Immense Potential to Improve Human Nutrition and Diversify Cropping Systems in Eastern India- A Review. Soybean Research, 14 (2). pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

Vegetable soybean was introduced into Jharkhand state in India to provide local communities with an alternative protein source as well as to diversify the cropping system. The paper covers the introduction of the crop, testing of different lines in farmers’ fields, a taste survey, the release of a vegetable soybean cultivar and its popularization, and seed production by the community. The acceptance of the crop by the local community has led to seed production of the cultivar ‘Swarna Vasundhara’ by farmers. A major challenge is to expand beyond household level consumption and local Jharkhand markets to create awareness among other consumers and establish a larger market throughout India for the crop. Infrastructure such as cold storage facilities will be required to support a viable value chain for vegetable soybean. The good progress made in Jharkhand has given greater hope of expanding vegetable soybean production and consumption across India, particularly in the major grain soybean growing states.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cropping system, legume, nutrition, vegetable soybean, Jharkhand, vegetable soybean value chain
Subjects: Others > Agriculture
Others > Cropping and Farming Systems
Others > Food and Nutrition
Others > Indian Agriculture
Others > Legume Crops
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 09:06
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 09:06
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/10996
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Acknowledgement: The authors acknowledge Ms. Sreelakshmi Hariharan, Tata Administrative Services Manager, and Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI) for their participation in the survey on vegetable soybean consumption. We thank our NGO partners: Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK), KGVK, Indian Grameen Services (IGS), Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), Vyakti Vikas Kendra India (VVKI), and Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI) for their help in the introduction and expansion of vegetable soybean in Jharkhand. Funding for this research was also provided by core donors to the World Vegetable Center: Republic of China (ROC), UK Department for International Development (DFID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Germany, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, and Japan.
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