Chickpea Baseline and Early Adoption Surveys in South Asia Insights from TL-II (Phase-I) Project: Synthesis Report 2013

Suhasini, K and Girish, K N and Bantilan, M C S and Kumara Charyulu, D and Nageswara Rao, G D and Jayalakshmi, V and Vijayakumar, A G and Mannur, D M and Satish, Y and Gaur, P M and Rao, K P C (2013) Chickpea Baseline and Early Adoption Surveys in South Asia Insights from TL-II (Phase-I) Project: Synthesis Report 2013. Monograph. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

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Chickpea is one of the most important pulse crops in India. Its area reached a peak at the beginning of the green revolution in the country, but rapid strides in wheat productivity have encouraged farmers in north-western India to substitute wheat for chickpea, causing a fall in its area and production. Nevertheless, the crop soon found a new home in the central and southern states of the country. It was a big challenge for the chickpea scientists in India’s national program and at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to breed short duration but high yielding varieties and develop a package of practices suitable to the warmer growing conditions. Very soon, the crop recovered area as well as production on the back of rising productivity. For ICRISAT, the generous support received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was an excellent opportunity to work with its research and development partners in India to accelerate the productivity growth by following the strategy of Farmer Preferred Varietal Selection (FPVS). This approach shortens the time needed to popularize the new varieties by exposing them to farmers and by backing up the varieties preferred by the farmers through intensive seed production efforts. This report documents the rapid strides made in taking the new varieties to the farmers by the FPVS process, and producing and supplying the seeds of varieties preferred by them during 2007-10.

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Divisions: RP-Market Institutions and Policies
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets
Series Name: Research Report No. 19
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 05 May 2014 04:09
Last Modified: 05 May 2014 04:09
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7930
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