An overview of chickpea breeding programs in Kenya

Kimurto, P.K. and Towett, B and Mulwa, R S and Njogu, N and Kosgei, A and Songok, S and Oyier, M and Rutto, D. and Korir, P and Rao, G and Silim, S and Kaloki, P and Muruiki, R and Barmao, G and Macharia, J K (2014) An overview of chickpea breeding programs in Kenya. Legume Perspectives (3). pp. 55-57. ISSN 2340-1559

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Chickpea is a new crop in Kenya and its potential has not been fully utilized. The chickpea grain yields generally range between 1.2 to 3.5 tons/ha at farmers‟ fields, indicating that chickpea has a potential of becoming an important export crop in Kenya. The chickpea breeding program in Kenya is still at infant stage and being established with support from International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Four chickpea varieties have been recently released from the breeding material supplied by ICRISAT. Efforts are being made on evaluation of germplasm and breeding lines, application of modern molecular breeding tools and techniques in chickpea breeding and establishment of effective seed system for establishing a sustainable chickpea production system in the country.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Grain Legumes
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: abiotic stress, biotic stress, drought tolerance, Aschochyta blight, Helicoverpa armigera
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Depositing User: Mr B K Murthy
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 07:55
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2016 14:56
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