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Welcome to All India Coordinated Research Project on Chickpea:
Chickpea, one of the major pulses cultivated and consumed in India, is also known as Bengal gram. Chickpea is a major and cheap source of protein compared to animal protein. In India, chickpea accounts for about 45% of total pulses produced in the country. Similar to the case of other pulses, India is the major producing country for chickpea, contributing for over 75% of total production in the world.

Chickpea is cultivated for its seeds. They are rich source of protein and form an important part of vegetarian diet. Chickpea seeds contain about 17-20% of protein. Chickpea is an important rabi crop mainly sown in September-November and harvested in February. Crop duration is 90-120 days, depending on the variety. Desi varieties are short duration while kabuli varieties take relatively longer period to mature. Similarly, cooler like northern India take longer period, compared to relatively warm weather in southern parts of India. It is best suited to areas having low to moderate rainfall and a mid cold weather. Excessive rains soon after sowing or at flowering stage are harmful for the crop. Severe cold is injurious, and is very harmful. It is best suited to areas having moderate rainfall of 60-90 cm per annum. It has an indeterminate growth habit, which means that the growth cycle extends as long as moisture is available.

Chickpea is the third most important pulse crop, after dry bean and peas, produced in the world. It accounts for 20% of the world pulses production. Major producers of chickpea include India, Pakistan and Mexico. Global production, as per the latest available estimates of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is about 12 million metric tons in 2011. India is the largest producer, with about 8 million tons, accounting of about 70% of total world production. Six countries including India, Australia, Turkey, Myanmar, Pakistan and Ethiopia account for about 90% of world chickpea production.

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Annual Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Project on Chickpea

  • Date : 29-31 August 2016
  • Venue : ARS, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)
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