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April 24th, 2018 / CGIAR

A direct release of the pigeonpea variety ICP 8863, also known as Maruti, from the ICRISAT genebank helped revitalize the pigeonpea industry in Karnataka, India. Maruti was released in 1986 at a time when the pigeonpea industry in parts of India was being hit hard by Fusarium wilt. Within a few seasons, Maruti helped revitalize the pigeonpea industry and today, 30 years after its release, it is still being planted and is still a preferred variety in areas at risk of wilt. Pigeonpea is also an important pulse crop in Myanmar, Tanzania, Malawi, Haiti and Kenya. Read more.