A new variety (LRG 52) named Amaravathi after the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, India, has the potential to more than double yields from the present levels. It was recently released for cultivation by the State Varietal Release Committee.
For the past six decades pigeonpea productivity in Andhra Pradesh was stagnant at around 600 kg per ha with terminal moisture stress being the main constraint. LRG 52 has yield potential of 2 tons per ha under rainfed conditions and 3 tons per ha under irrigated conditions. It reaches maturity in 150 days and is moderately tolerant to helicoverpa, maruca, pod fly, Fusarium wilt and Sterility mosaic diseases. It was readily accepted by farmers, traders and consumers owing to its bold seed and good dal recovery.
Collaborative efforts of ICRISAT with Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) led to the release.
Pigeonpea is an important rainfed crop in the state of Andhra Pradesh cultivated in 200,000 ha. It is an integral component of various cropping systems and is grown sole or as an intercrop with groundnut, millets, cotton and other pulses.
For more on pigeonpea: http://exploreit.icrisat.org/page/pigeonpea/687