HYDERABAD: The world’s first-ever cytoplasmic male sterility-based (CMS) pigeon pea hybrid ICPH 2671, ‘Pushkal’, was launched commercially at a function organised by ICRISAT and Pravardhan Seeds here on Tuesday.

The seed will give 30 to70 per cent additional yield and is drought-tolerant.

It is suitable for cultivation in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

After 25 years of research, ‘Pushkal’ was developed by ICRISAT in 2005 and since then, it has been extensively tested on the field.

Pulses revolution

Launching the new seed, Director-General, ICRISAT, William B. Dar described it as an outcome of public-private partnership.

He said it would trigger a pulses revolution in India as higher yields meant higher income.

Managing Director, Pravardhan Seeds, K. Murahari Rao said pulses were a primary source of protein.

Considering the big gap between supply and demand, India was importing a large quantity of pulses.

Principal Scientist, Pigeon Pea Breeding at ICRISAT, B. K. Saxena, said it was tested both in red and black soils since 2005 in three States and they would test it in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh this year onwards.