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Integrating Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) in different parts of the farm - southern Region Ethiopia


In several midlands areas of southern Ethiopia, the cultivation of pigeon (Cajanus cajan) is not common. However, this legume, which can be cultivated on an annual or perennial basis, provides an interesting source for nutrition while also contributing to improve the soil fertility. This note presents 3 cropping practices that have been developed with farming families: the introduction of pigeon peas on anti-erosion structures, its association with certain crops including maize and sorghum, and its use to help restoring the fertility of degraded and poor soils. It includes technical recommendations as well as data on production and profit that have been measured with farming families on the field. This data can serve as a reference considering that the figures may of course vary depending on the climate, the type of soil, the altitude, the varieties…