Breeding Hybrids for Enhancing Productivity in pigeonpea

Saxena, K B (2007) Breeding Hybrids for Enhancing Productivity in pigeonpea. In: Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Bio-Energy and Livelihood Security. Agrobios International.

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Pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.] is a versatile plant species, which can grow successfully in a range of soil types, temperatures, and photoperiods. Its deep and strong root system enables it to overcome intermittent droughts and other stresses. Pigeonpea is globally cultivated on 5.25 million hectares with an average production of 3.2 million tonnes. It is grown mainly in semi-arid regions o f Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Caribbeans. In India it is predominantly grown in the states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Gujarat. The adoption of new varieties in India has helped in increasing pigeonpea area from 2.3 million hectares in 1950 to 3.58 million hectares in 2005. However, no increase has been witnessed in the productivity of the crop that has remained unchanged at about 700 kg ha"1 and the country is still short in supply o f grains by a margin of over 500,000 tonnes annually....

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 11:11
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 11:11
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