Pigeon peas are more commonly known as arhar, red gram, toovar/toor, togari, kandi, gandul, guandul, congo pea, gungo pea, gunga pea, and no-eye pea. Its origins are said to be in Asia over 3000 years ago, from where it spread to East Africa. India, East Africa and Central America are the worlds largest producers. In India this pulse is one of the most popular and nutritionally important. They contain high levels of protein.
Tanzanias main production areas are Arusha, Bariadi and Nachingwea regions. Tanzanias production stands at 60,000 tons. Agri Nuts Over Seas Corporation procures pigeon peas from Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin , Nigeria and Myanmar/Burma.