Group Meet on Mungbean, Urdbean, Cowpea and Guar for spring, summer and rice fallow cultivation

10-11 November 2015, Gwalior

The Annual Group Meet of AICRP on MULLaRP was organised by ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur at Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidalaya, Gwalior during November 10-11, 2017.

Dr. S.K.Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Rajmata Vijayraje  Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidhyalaya, emphasised the success  of short duration varieties of Mungbean occupying large niches in the country and in many states urdbean is  becoming alternatives to soybean in kharif season.  He said these crops are of special significance as these could generate income in short span of time. He urged for continuous release of varieties tolerant to various adversities and called upon the scientists to project the un-projected technologies for the benefit of the farmers.

Group Meet on Mungbean, Urdbean, Cowpea and Guar for spring, summer and rice fallow cultivation

Dr. A.K. Singh Ex- Vice Chancellor and Chief Guest of the inaugural session of Group Meet emphasised the role of pulses in food security, sustainability and nutritional security. He called upon the scientists to make sincere efforts in making pulses more productive and resilient to climate adversities. Dr Singh said since pulses are occupying new niches, the modelling for niche area cultivation will help in setting the research agenda.

Dr. I.S.Solanki, ADG (FFC), ICAR suggested to establish technology parks for cultivation, processing, and storage to popularize pulses in different zones. Dr. Solanki said cultivation of cowpea should be fully exploited.

Dr. Sanjeev Gupta, Project Coordinator, MULLaRP crops expressed that there is tremendous scope of horizontal and vertical increase in production of mungbean and urdbean and specifically discussed on the grey areas in increasing production and productivity of rice fallow pulses.  He presented a timeline of spring/summer mungbean and urdbean programme in the country and gave details about various varieties as well as technologies developed for this group of crops during last three decades. He also mentioned about the milestone varieties and their contribution in promoting summer mungbean and urdbean.  Describing the success of distant hybridization programme in Vigna species he emphasized upon development of short duration, machine harvestable varieties having multiple resistance to diseases and insect pests. He emphasized that if availability of good  quality  seed of appropriate varieties is ensured  alongwith suitable package of practices viz., weed management and management of YMV and thrips, the summer pulses could become  popular among farmers in different production niches. He cautioned about the increasing insect and pest damage in pulses due to changing climate and desired that new chemical formulations should be evaluated  for proper  control of insects-pest. He also presented the summary of progress of summer/spring mungbean and urdbean during last season.

Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, IIPR desired that early duration varieties are the need of the  hour and  the special trials should be conducted for conducting extra early trials across a large number of locations. He observed that very good material is coming upon from distant hybridization programme which need  to be properly tested and promoted. He also exhorted that other short duration pulses such as cowpea should also be promoted for increasing area under pulses while newer areas under rice fallow should be brought under mungbean and urdbean cultivation. 

Later, the outcome of previous crop season was discussed and the technical programme for the next crop season was finalized for each discipline.

Cowpea variety TC 901 was identified for release in northern parts of the country for summer cultivation.

About 80 delegates from SAU’s and cooperating centres participated in the Group Meet.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur)