Duration: 21/Sep/2010 - 20/Sep/2013
Project contact: Sharma, KK
Donor: Department of Biotechnology (DBT)-Government of India-India
The purpose of this research project is to develop improved varieties of groundnut and pigeonpea having higher levels of ß-carotene without compromising the yield and other agronomic traits pertaining to farmer and consumer acceptance. This long-term sustainable strategy is expected to prevent/control micronutrient malnutrition of a vast population in the developing countries of the world where these crops are grown, including India, where they form a major component of diet as secondary staple. Such strategies are cost-effective, feasible, and can be sustainably implemented under conditions where supplementation and fortification are currently not practical or economically feasible.