Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Increasing productivity and profitability of pulse production in cereal based cropping systems in Pakistan

Demand for pulses in Pakistan has been increasing while production has decreased over the last 20 years. This project, mainly through farmer led research and demonstrations, aims to help local farmers improve the way pulses are grown in the existing cropping systems, to add value by improving food processing technology and make these crops more economic.

Re-introducing legumes in cropping systems would have nutritional, economic and environmental benefits and has been identified as a priority for agriculture development by the Pakistan government.

The project will:

  • Identify agronomic factors limiting the productivity and profitability of lentil, chickpea and ground nut crops, and evaluate possible solutions
  • Increase opportunities for farmers to undertake postharvest value addition by adapting and demonstrating food processing technologies suitable for small holders to add value to crops
  • Develop and evaluate site-specific village-based seed production and seed dissemination systems to increase farmer access to improved varieties.
  • Disseminate the learning and practices from the project activities to other farmers and private sector participants such as input suppliers and potential service providers.

The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Along with Graham Centre researchers, the project involves scientists from Pakistan National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Provincial research institutes and universities in Pakistan and Farmlink Research.

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