Chickpea Desi

Chickpea is the major pulse crop and source of dietary protein in Pakistan. It plays a significant role in providing nutritional security for poor masses of the country. Demand for chickpea has increased tremendously in recent years due to ever increasing population and reduced production. Pakistan has to import chickpea (Kabuli) from Australia, Turkey and Canada.  Chickpea is grown in rainfed agriculture system. The major supply of pulses depends upon the production of chickpea and mungbean, failure of these crops results in pulses debacle in the country. It is cultivated on an area of about 2.2 million ha in Pakistan. More than 80% of chickpea is grown in Thal and the rest of the area is spread all over the country. Thal consists of Bhakkar, Mianwali, Khushab, Layyah and Jhang (partly).

 

Pulses Research Institute, Faisalabad

 

Sr. No.

Variety Name

Year of Release

Sowing Time

Potential Yield

(Maund/Acre)

Recommended Areas

Salient Features

1

C-612

1952

15th Oct -10th Nov

19

All Chickpea Cultivated Areas of Punjab

 

High yielding, disease resistant

2

C-727

1964

23

High yielding, disease resistant

3

C-44

1983

30

High yielding, bold seeded, tolerant to blight, susceptible to iron chlorosis

4

Punjab-91

1991

33

High yielding, bold seeded, tolerant to blight

5

Paidar- 91

1991

34

High yielding, medium seeded, tolerant to Ascochyta blight.

6

Bittal- 98

1998

33

High yielding, bold seeded, tolerant to A blight resistant to iron chlorosis.

7

Punjab-2000

2000

34

High yielding, bold seeded, blight tolerant, resistant to shattering.

8

Punjab-2008

2008

35

High yielding, bold seeded, wilt resistant, tolerant to ascochyta blight.

9

Bittal-2016

2016

39

High yielding, bold seed size, attractive shape and color. Resistant to fusarium wilt, moderately resistant to ascochyta blight.