An overview of chickpea breeding programs in Kenya uri icon

abstract

  • Chickpea is a new crop in Kenya and its potential has not been fully utilized. The chickpea grain yields generally range between 1.2 to 3.5 tons/ha at farmers? fields, indicating that chickpea has a potential of becoming an important export crop in Kenya. The chickpea breeding program in Kenya is still at infant stage and being established with support from International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Four chickpea varieties have been recently released from the breeding material supplied by ICRISAT. Efforts are being made on evaluation of germplasm and breeding lines, application of modern molecular breeding tools and techniques in chickpea breeding and establishment of effective seed system for establishing a sustainable chickpea production system in the country

publication date

  • 2014