Integrated crop management of chickpea in environments of Bangladesh prone to Botrytis grey mould

Johansen, C and Bakr, M A and Islam, M S and Mondal, N A and Afzal, A and MacLeod, W J and Pande, S and Siddique, K H M (2008) Integrated crop management of chickpea in environments of Bangladesh prone to Botrytis grey mould. Field Crops Research, 108 (3). pp. 238-249. ISSN 0378-4290

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Botrytis grey mould (BGM) is the major constraint to chickpea production in Bangladesh and is considered primarily responsible for that country's recent drastic decrease in chickpea production. There is no substantial host plant resistance to BGM in current chickpea cultivars, but component studies have developed various agronomic options to manage the disease. These include reduced seed rate, delayed sowing and thinning of plants to ensure an open canopy, and need-based foliar application of fungicide. These components were combined with other agronomic requirements for the target region, such as application of phosphate fertilizer, pest management measures against chickpea pod borer, and fungicidal seed treatment against collar rot. The resultant integrated crop management (ICM) package was compared with normal farmer practice (FP) for chickpea cultivation in farmer-managed, operational scale plots at 100 locations across five districts in western Bangladesh in the 2002–2003 and 2003–2004 seasons. Grain yields in ICM plots were generally 15–50% higher than in FP in both seasons. Conduct of these on-farm evaluations in two additional districts in 2004–2005 gave similar results. In 2004–2005, 505 farmer-managed demonstrations were conducted in the five original districts, giving a 5–104% yield advantage (district means) of ICM over FP. In 2005–2006, 642 demonstrations were conducted across the eight districts giving district-wise yield advantages of 27–70%. Effective implementation of BGM management practices by participating farmers demonstrated that remunerative and reliable chickpea yields could be obtained in this BGM-prone environment. The ICM strategy evolved has relevance to other chickpea growing regions prone to BGM in South Asia, Australia and the Americas. Studies are now required on the adoption of components of the ICM package, and the underlying reasons, to identify any adoption constraints and thus guide further promotion of chickpea cultivation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2011 10:24
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2011 10:24
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Projects: Integrated management of Botrytis grey mould of chickpea in Bangladesh and Australia
Funders: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Acknowledgement: The research and development activities reported here were conducted under an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Project No. CIM-2001-039 entitled “Integrated management of Botrytis grey mould of chickpea in Bangladesh and Australia”. We are grateful to officers of BARI and DAE involved in the implementation of this project and particularly acknowledge the willing participation of farmer co-operators who contributed their land, labour, other resources and ideas to the project.
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