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Double harvest for half the effort 

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Resource Details

Resource ID

18547

Access

Open

Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Seed systems

Crops

Grain legumes, Pigeonpea

Systems

Farming Systems, Cropping Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Malawi

CSR Activity

No

Global Date

21/Aug/2020

Title

Double harvest for half the effort

Keywords

ICRISAT, Malawi, Seed Systems, Pigeonpea ratooning, MSIDP, IRISH Aid

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Eastern & Southern Africa Program, Theme: Crop improvement and seed systems

Story Partners

The Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) and the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) (both under the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi), The Legumes Development Trust; International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1868-3, 21 August 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/double-harvest-for-half-the-effort/

Description

Ratooning involves taking advantage of pigeonpea’s perennial life cycle, whereby a farmer harvests from the same pigeonpea plants for two successive years. Currently, Mwangofi harvested about two times what he harvested during the previous season, as ratooning has allowed the crop to have more branches and pods. Before ratooning, he harvested 250 kg on his 0.1 ha piece of land, while after ratooning he harvested 480 kg on the same piece of land. This is a very good practice. It requires less effort but doubles harvests. No additional seed is required and I save on labor as I can skip activities such as planting and making ridges.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

21/Aug/2020

CGIAR Research Program

GLDC

SDG

01-No_Poverty, 02-Zero_Hunger, 08-Decent_Work_and_Economic_Growth, 13-Climate_Action

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