Chickpea Desi

Chickpea has been the focus of research since the inception of systematic research work on pulses in Pakistan. Major importance to Chickpea improvement was attributed because it contributes 70-80% to the total pulses area and production. Chickpea can perform well under conditions of moisture stress in marginal soils.
Desi Chickpeas have a markedly higher fiber content than Kabulis and hence a very low glycemic index which may make them suitable for people with blood sugar problems.

Pulses Research Institute, AARI, Faisalabad


Varieties Developed

Year of Release

Yield Potential

Salient Characters

Drought tolerant
C 44 1983 3000 Bold seeded, Blight tolerant
Punjab-91 1991 3300 Bold seeded
Paidar-91 1991 3400 Blight tolerant, Erect
Bittal-98 1998 2500 Bold seeded, resistant to iron  deficiency
Punjab 2000 2000 3300 Bold seeded
Punjab 2008 2008 3400 Bold seeded, wilt resistant