With increasing malnourishment and being home for a large number of vegetarian populations compared to the rest of the world, India considers Chickpeas as the best alternative for animal proteins. Chickpeas, enriched with high protein content has been gaining importance in the present era as they serve as a supplement for cereal based diets. Climate change as the major challenge faced by other crops, cultivation of chickpeas will become increasingly important in the near future. In the recent times, the traditional chickpeas cultivating area had witnessed reduction in its area and production. At the same time there is an increase in the area under chickpeas cultivation in their unconventional zones of the country. The current study examines the changing patterns in the centre of chickpeas production in India. State wise yearly data on area, production and yield of chickpeas are collected from 1964–65 to 2016–17. The analysis of the data reveals that there is a regional shift in chickpeas cultivation from Northern and Eastern Zones to Southern, Central and Western Zones of the country. The major reason for this regional shift is the changing climate and rainfall pattern and availability of short-duration cultivars in Central and Southern India which are absent in Northern and Eastern Zones.
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- Spatial Shift in Chickpeas in India