International Year of Pulses

Pulses are an affordable alternative to more expensive animal-based protein, which makes them ideal for enhancing diets in poorer parts of the world. Under the slogan ‘nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), launched the Year 2016 as International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.There are hundreds of varieties of pulses grown throughout the world. Popular ones include all varieties of dried beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans, butter beans and broad beans. But also chickpeas, cowpeas, black-eyed peas and pigeon peas.

Ernakulam district being a high rainfall area there is no much scope for pulses farming. However KVK creates awareness among farmers the importance of growing vegetable pulses in homesteads and also pulses in rice fallows through training programmes and invited lectures. KVK has popularized the production potential of different cowpea varieties in Ernakulam like Anaswara, etc.

KVK also ensures supply seeds of vegetable pulses through its sales counter at CMFRI, Kochi. In the process, KVK supplied 3 Kg seeds of cowpea variety Anaswara, 5 kg seeds of Cowpea variety Kashi Kanchan and 1 Kg of farmer’s variety through its sales counter. With an effort in conserving and reintroduction of indigenous crop varieties KVK is supplying seeds of indigenous variety of vegetable pulse Chathura payar through the sales counter. 1 kg seed of this variety is being sold out during last year. Approximately 1500 farmers got benefitted.

 

Popularization of vegetable pulse, cowpea

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