Pigeonpea - A unique jewel in rainfed cropping systems
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Chanda Venkata Sameer Kumar, Mallela Nagesh Kumar, Chourat Sudhakar, Hingane Anupama, Myer G. Mula, Suyash Patil, Ravikoti Vijaykumar, Revathi Tathineni, Abhishek Rathore, Rajeev Varshney, Ch Ravinder Reddy, Rachit Saxena. (Accepted on 8/1/2016). Pigeonpea - A unique jewel in rainfed cropping systems. Legume Perspectives.
Pigeonpea is a crop for rainfed environments endowed with several features to thrive harsh climate. It adapts well in sole crop and inter cropped conditions (with cereals, millets, oils seeds and pulses) by enhancing the system productivity and net income to the small and marginal farmers across the globe. The range of maturity duration in the crop allows it to grow in diversified cropping systems and patterns in varied ecoregions of the world. Development of cytoplasmic male sterility based hybrids provided an opportunity for enhancing the yields under marginal environments. With recent interventions in addressing the photo sensitivity and maturity have led to evolving super early varieties with less than 100 days duration, provided a scope for horizontal expansion of the crop in different agro ecological systems