Duration: 01/Apr/2007 - 31/Mar/2012
Project contact: Saxena, KB
Donor: Department of Agriculture & Cooperation-Government of India-India
In India pigeonpea is cultivated in a range of agro-ecological conditions. The varietal requirements are also diverse. For example, in North West plains short duration (4 months), in Central/Southern India medium-duration (6 months), and in North East plains long-duration (9 months) varieties are adapted. For obvious reasons the biotic and abiotic stresses in these regions are also different. Therefore, to harness the maximum gains we need to develop high-yielding hybrids for each major agro ecology and it would be possible when in each group we develop quality hybrid parents with high combining ability, disease resistance, and adaptability. In this project, therefore, our effort will be to develop hybrids with significant genetic and cytoplasmic diversity to suit different production niches and cropping systems. This will be achieved in active collaboration with agricultural universities located in different parts of the country. We will also join hands with advanced biotechnology laboratories to conduct basic research on specialized issues such as mapping of fertility restorer genes, laboratory based grow-out quality tests, etc. The sharing of knowledge and materials with public and private institutions in the country will help in taking this technology to the farmers.