• COWPEA (Vigna unguiculata)

    COWPEA (Vigna unguiculata)

    The cowpea is a member of the pulses or legumes. It belongs to the family called Leguminosae. It is rich in proteins and is commonly fed on by man. The fruit of cowpea is called pod.   Land Preparation The land is cleared after which the thrash is packed. Weed-row burning can also be done. The land preparation is continued with stumping, ploughing, harrowing and ridging done in sequence.   Varieties/ Cultivars Erect type, creeping type, Ife brown, Ife bimpe, etc.   Climatic and Soil Requirement: Cowpea requires a temperature of 27°C – 35°C, rainfall of 60cm – 125cm per annum, abundant sunshine and a rich sandy loamy soil.  …

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