PIGEON PEA HYBRID VARIETIES FOR BETTER YIELDS

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2017
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Makello, M.N.
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KALRO
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Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) is cultivated by many farmers in the semi-arid areas of Kenya as a source of food and cash. The pigeonpea hybrids are high yielding, resistant to fusarium wilt, large seed size and medium maturing. Average and maximum yield of the hybrids is 2,249 kg/ha and 4,234 kg/ha respectively as compared to approximately 1000 kg/ha of the commonly grown variety ICEAP00040. The hybrids are medium maturing from 147 to 186 days. Hybrid pigeonpea have the advantage over open-pollinated varieties in terms of evolution of business partnerships, especially with private seed companies. Hybrids also have greater uniformity in grain size a factor which is important for dehulling.
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Makello, M.N. (2017). Pigeon Pea Hybrid Varieties for better yields [Bronchure].http://www.kalro.org
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