Pigeon pea, a pulse first domesticated in India 3,500 years ago belongs to legume family which grows in tropical and subtropical climate. It is draught tolerant and warm weather crop. The pigeon peas are rich sources of proteins, minerals, vitamins and lipids. It has been recommended for a balanced diet with cereals, especially to fill in the nutritional gap for proteins among the poorer section in developing economies that cannot afford a non-vegetarian diet. Along with nutritional benefits, being a leguminous plant it has the capability to restore fertility of the soil. It is also a cash crop and hence fetches better economic output for the farmers.
LEADS through its RACE project aims to inculcate following value additions to the cultivation of pigeon pea: