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Botswana College of Agriculture
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Gaborone, Botswana
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University of Botswana
Botswana Government

The Department of Crop Science Production is made up of seven units, Agronomy, Crop Physiology, Crop Protection, Soil Science,Plant Clinic,Horticulture and Forestry & Range

Crop Science & Production (CSP) Research Projects


"Evaluation of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) as a potential legume for production under Botswana conditions”

This is a collaborative, multidisciplinary project involving agronomists, entomologists and nutrition specialists at the Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA). It is funded by the BCA’s Research and Publications Committee. The main objective of the project is to investigate the potential of pigeonpea production in Botswana. This research is important because pigeonpea is a multipurpose crop that can improve soil fertility and is utilized as food and yet can also provide fuelwood for farmers and can be fed to livestock. The research has evaluated seven pigeonpea varieties obtained from the SADC Regional Pigeonpea Research and Development Programme based in Malawi. The studies conducted so far have included assessment of growth and yield characteristics of the varieties; determination of effects of planting dates on their growth and yield parameters; evaluation of relative susceptibilities of the varieties to major pests; assessment of yield yield losses caused by pests and assessment of the impact of indigenous natural enemies on major pests of the crop. The nutritional composition of seeds of each variety have also been estimated. Research has also been initiated on the potential use of pigeonpea as a livestock feed and as a source of fuelwood.

For more information on the Pigeonpea Project, contact:
     D.C. Munthali (email: dmunthal@bca.bw)

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