Introduction

Chickpea, the world’s third most important food legume, is currently grown on about 11 m ha, with 96% cultivation in the developing countries. Chickpea production has increased during the past 30 years from 7.3 mt (average of 1977-1979 triennium) to 8.4 mt (average of 2004-06 triennium) because of increase in productivity from 693 to 786 kg ha-1 during this period.