Development of Drought Resistant, High Yielding Pigeon pea Lines Suitable for Semi Arid Areas

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1983
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Shakoor,A
Muthoka,M.S
Ngugi,E.C.K
Omanga,P.A
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Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L). MilIsp.) commonly known as mbaazi is one of the most important grain legumes in marginal-rainfall areas of Kenya. With an approximated area of 164.000 ha and an average production of 635 kg/ha (Ministry of Agriculture. 1981). Kenya ranks second only to India in pigeonpea production. Kenyan farmers grow tall. late-maturing land races with large seeds which take up to 10 months to mature and are adapted to the local farming systems. Traditionally. the crop is generally intercropped with maize. sorghum. beans. and cowpea (Shakoor et ai., 1983). It is rarely grown as a sole crop. However, in Coast Province it is largely grown as a perennial border crop.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 44, p. 312-317