Location: Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Orissa, India
- State Department of Agriculture (Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana)
- SAUs, Krishi Vigyaan Kendras in the state, NGO partners
- National seeds cooperation, Community-based Organizations (CBOs), and
- International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, (ICRISAT)
To harness the potential benefits of hybrid pigeonpea in the state of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha through science-led participatory research for development, and to increase system productivity and profitability for small farm holders, the Mission Program on popularizing pigeonpea hybrid (ICPH 2740) was approved by Department of Agricultural Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India in 2017 for two years. During 2017-18, an ICRISAT-led consortium provided technical support to formulate, monitor and demonstrate science-led best management practices through this initiative and able to cover 170 ha area whereas during 2018-19, the consortium covered 6000 ha area in 14 districts across five states viz., Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha by adopting participatory approaches. This was achieved through cooperation from agricultural department, consortium of different stakeholder’s viz., KVKs, NGOs, Community Block Organizations and progressive farmers.
The goal of the hybrid pigeonpea upscaling project is to operationalize an integrated and participatory knowledge‐led farming systems development approach for increasing pigeonpea productivity by in next four years through convergence and better coordination amongst different agriculture research‐extension and development sectors for sustainably improving the income of the farmers through empowerment, capacity development with knowledge‐based and market oriented farmers’ centric partnership approach.
The specific objectives are:
- To enhance the productivity of pigeonpea-based systems using high-yielding hybrids along with improved land, water and crop management practices including soil test-based nutrient management option;
- To promote cultivation of early maturing high-yielding pigeonpea hybrids in Alfisols and medium duration hybrids in Vertisols;
- To develop village-level seed systems to achieve self-sufficiency in seeds of farmer-preferred improved varieties of pigeonpea;
- To build capacity of farmers and Self Help Groups (SHGs) in sustainable pigeonpea production technology components as well as sensitization of the policy makers for sustainable pigeonpea production techniques in the targeted states; and
- To provide technical back-stopping for refinement of pigeonpea production technologies and also undertake strategic research to address the constraints identified by the farmers and other stakeholders in the target areas.