This text examines the characteristics and cultivation of chickpeas in a variety of different agricultural conditions and zones. It provides a complete manual of chickpea production, from basic biology, through cultivation and technology, to marketing and trade. Details are given for the control of pests and diseases, optimum growing conditions, harvesting and economics. Research on chickpea genetics and the development of improved cultivars is also covered. The book should be of interest to anyone involved in chickpea cultivation, from research scientists and students to extension workers in progressive farmers.
Geographical distribution and production trends; the chickpea plant; genetics; genetic resources; cultivar development; seed production; crop rotation, seed bed preparation and sowing; fertilizer and inoculation; water management; weed control; disease management; pests and their control; management of physical stresses; nutritional disorders affecting production; harvesting and post-harvest handling; nutritional quality and utilization; marketing and trade; how to achieve high yield and increasing production.