Scientific name: Cajanus cajan
Pigeon pea as an intercrop performs well when planted together with two rows of cereals (e.g. sorghum, millets, cotton or groundnut). Perennial pigeon pea varieties continue to grow and protect the soil even after the intercrops have been harvested. Pigeon pea, particularly the tall genotypes, is difficult to cultivate. As a multipurpose crop, it is well-known in India and Africa but also grows well in Indonesia and the Philippines (CABI, 2000). Pigeon pea is suitable in small farm. It grows well as a hedge crop and along the bunds of rice fields (IRRI, 2001).
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