Promotion of improved chickpea varieties in rice-based cropping systems of smallholder farmers in Odisha (Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundergarh Districts)
Duration: 01/Oct/2014 - 30/Sep/2018
Locations: Asia / India / Odisha
Project contact: Dr Pooran M Gaur (P.GAUR@CGIAR.ORG)
Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Directorate of Agriculture and Food Production- Government of Odisha-India
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes
This proposal intends to introduce and expand high yielding chickpea varieties in the rice-based cropping system by developing village level seed production systems that would ensure and sustain supply of good quality seeds of high yielding cultivars. To begin with, selection and promotion of chickpea will be initiated in a farmer participatory mode with the inclusion of improved production technology. The technology in the rice-fallow is based on zero-tillage and chickpea seeds will be dibbled soon after harvesting of rice. The goal of this project is to enhance food and nutritional security and income generation through the promotion of chickpea for smallholder farmers in the rice-based cropping systems of Odisha. Objectives â€¢ Evaluate, identify and promote newly developed, high yielding, disease resistant chickpea cultivars for rice-based cropping systems; â€¢ Provide soil map for macro/micro nutrient deficiency for target districts; â€¢ Develop village-level seed systems to achieve self-sufficiency in seed of farmer-preferred improved cultivars; â€¢ Build capacity of farmers, Self Help Groups and Seed Organizations in sustainable chickpea production technologies; â€¢ Enhance profitability by linking production with dal processing and marketing; and â€¢ Provide research backstopping for refinement and research on chickpea and improved chickpea production technologies (ICPT) as identified by researchers and farmers in the target area.