Improvement Of Cowpea Varieties For Dry Areas In Kenya

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1983
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Kamau,J.W
Shakoor,A.
Muthoka,M.S
Ngugi,E.C.K
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Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (1.) Walp.) is an important grain-legume crop of arid and semiarid regions in the tropics. In East Africa it is grown on an area of about 1 million hectares (Singh and van Emden, 1979). In Kenya it is the third most important grain legume after beans (phaseolus vulgaris) and pigeon peas (Cqjanus cqjan) and is grown on 106,000 hectares annually (Ministry of Agriculture, 1981). About 850/0 of the total area under cow pea lies in the marginal rainfall areas of Eastern Province and the remaining 15% is in Coast, Western, and Central Provinces (Murulietal., 1980). Cowpea is mainly grown in mixtures together with maize, sorghum, or pigeon pea, and rarely grown as a pure stand.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 44, p. 306-311