Pigeonpea yields have remained low in India over the past five decades and efforts to break this plateau have failed. A non-conventional hybrid breeding approach that breaks the productivity barrier is the answer to India’s increasing pulse imports.
30-40% yield advantage in farmers’ fields under rainfed and irrigated ecosystems
10 commercial hybrids (3 from the public sector and 7 from the private sector) being released in India
Area under cultivation increased from 40,000 ha (2013) to 127,000 ha (2015) due to collaborative efforts
200,000 ha expected to be covered in 2016.
A first-ever legume hybrid was developed for pigeonpea, using new breakthroughs in science.
New hybrids along with dedicated efforts to work with private industry have led to the seeds being commercially available
Identified male sterile sources and developed heterotic hybrid combinations with resistance to fusarium wilt and sterility mosaic disease
Parental lines shared with public and private partners to strengthen their efforts in hybrid breeding and to develop high-yielding hybrids for different agro-ecologies
Seed production technology standardized to harvest appreciable quantities of hybrid seeds from the female parent
Three pigeonpea hybrids were released: ICPH 3762 in 2010 in Odisha; ICPH 3762 in 2014; and ICPH 2740 in 2015 in Telangana under the name Mannem Konda Kandi.
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