THE POTENTIAL OF PIGEON PEA (CAJANUS CAJAN MILLSP) AS A HORTICULTURAL CROP IN EAST AFRICA
Canned beans from Kenya are shipped primarily to Eastern U. S. A., but there is also an unexplored market in Eastern Europe. A large percentage of the processed beans produced in Puerto Rico are marketed in the United States, principally in New York and Hicago, where the major consumers are transposed Latin Americans - primarily Puerto Ricans. The price of fresh or tinned green beans ranges between U. S. $ 2.20 - U. S. $ 3.30 (E. A. Shs 15 – 22/-) per kilogramme in Puerto Rico, and the relatively small crop (4 000 tons from 5 000 ha) is worth two million dollars (£ 700 000) annually to Puerto Rican farmers. The production and farm value of pigeon peas in the Caribbean region is expected to increase over an indefinite period owing to the rapidly expanding demand in the Western Hemisphere (Abrams, 1969).