Red gram is one of the important pulse crops under rainfed conditions in Kolar district of Karnataka. Usually it is grown as an inter crop in Ragi or Groundnut crop. But it is being increasingly realized that the redgram production needs to be improved for various reasons to meet the nutritional security, to realize higher returns, and also for soil enrichment. Hence, growing Red gram as a
sole crop becomes imminent. In recent years, the area under Red gram has been increasing largely owing to the good market price.