SCIENTIFIC AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES FOR INCREASE PRODUCTION OF PIGEON PEA
Keywords:Pigeon pea, nutritional value, pulse, legume
Pigeon pea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.], known by several vernacular and trade names such as red gram, tuar, Angola pea, Congo pea, yellow dhal and oil dhal, is one of the major grain legume crops of the tropics and sub-tropics. Pigeon pea is rich in starch, protein, calcium, manganese, crude fiber, fat, trace elements, and minerals. It is a hardy plant that can grow at temperatures as low and drought condition. Stagnant production, soaring prices, and enhanced imports of pigeon pea (red gram) have been matter of concern to the prime stakeholders in India. Improved technologies and efficient use of farm inputs under the changing environmental conditions can make pigeon pea production sustainable and profitable.
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