How To Plant New Pigeon Pea Variety That is earning farmers Millions
The new variety pigeon pea matures in one fifty to one eighty days and does well in lower attitudes of less than one thousand meters above the sea level. It grows rapidly and can attain a height of two hundred and forty centimeters.
In order to grow this variety we need to prepare the land till the soil is finer. The seed rate is twenty to twenty five kilograms per hectare (eight to ten kilogram per acre). Plant in furrows by placing at least five seeds per hole at a depth of four to five centimeters and cover the soil firmly in cases where there is little moisture.
Two weeks after the shooting of the seedlings, spacethe crop to a space of two seedlings per hole so as to improve the growth rate of the remaining plants. Government gives Meru farmers free forest land to grow potatoes and peas, passion fruit, French beans and snap peas.
For mono cropping, space at the rate of one hundred centimeter between rows and fifty centimeters between plants.In cases of inter cropping with other crops such as maize, sorghum or millet, you can sow one row of pigeon peas followed by one row of maize interchangeably at a distance of ninety centimeter between maize or sorghum and pigeon pea rows.
To keep the plant free from weeds is by weeding during the first two to three weeks after planting them.Also weeding can be done two weeks after the first one. Frequently weeding will depend on the amount of rainfall and the amount of weeds in the farm.Many pests that may affect pigeon peas include thrips, aphids, pod fly and bruchids. The ways to take in order to deal with these pest; thrips and aphids, spray with karate, Sherpa plus or thiodan pesticides before the crop flowers.
During storage, bruchids are the main storage pest that attack the produce which can be controlled by using a super actellic at the rate of fifty grams per ninety kilograms.Dry mature pods may be harvested for grain food. Harvesting dry grains when most of the pods are dry and have turned brown. Harvest dry grain in the sun and sort them. The crop can be used in form of whole grain or split pea.