Enhancing chickpea production in Rainfed Rice Fallow Land (RRFL) of Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states of India following Improved Pulse Production and Protection Technologies (IPPPT) under National Food Security Mission (NFSM-Pulses)
Duration: 01/Oct/2008 - 30/Sep/2012
Project contact: Pande, Suresh
Donor: Department of Agriculture & Cooperation-India
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes
Chickpea is the most important pulse accounting for more than 70% of the global production in India. Chickpea is the cheapest source of protein and is an unavoidable part of the daily diets of most Indians. In spite of being the largest producer, India has to import chickpea up to 1.5 million tons every year to meet its domestic requirements. It is unlikely that the area under chickpea will ever increase in the irrigated regions of the country. The aim of this project is to gain self sufficiency in chickpea-pulse production through increased productivity by expanding improved pulse production and protection technologies (IPPPT), and establishing village level seed systems in the rainfed rice fallow lands (RRFL) of selected regions in India. Project objectives are: to enhance capacity at field level for farmer-participatory research and extension (FPRE) in adoption and expansion of improved chickpea-pulse production and protection technologies (IPPPT) in rainfed rice fallow lands; multiply and distribute farmer-preferred chickpea varieties along with IPPPT (including IDM, IPM and INM) for sustainable intensification of rainfed rice fallow cropping systems; empower farmers and participating local institutions on FPRE/IPPPT so as to establish village-based seed system (s) to achieve self-sufficiency in seeds of farmer-preferred, improved varieties of chickpea at the village level ; and provide research backstopping for further improvement of chickpea varieties for traits and IPPPT components preferred by the farmers and traders in the target areas.