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PAU releases eight new varieties for cultivation in Punjab | SNE

By  The Economic Times .
Mar 03, 2017

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NEW DELHI: The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has released new varieties of rice, mungbean,basmati and sugarcane for general cultivation in Punjab.

Some of the salient features of these new varieties is that they either are short duration maturing early, have high yields, are water lodging and pest tolerant in some cases.

The varieties were approved during the meeting of state variety approval vommittee, held under the chairmanship of B.S. Sidhu, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, said a press statement.

The parmal rice variety PR 126 is an early maturing variety and matures in about 123 days after seeding, said a press statement.”It is resistant to seven of ten presently prevalent pathotypes of bacterial blight pathogen in Punjab. Its average paddy yield in 30 quintals per acre, “it added.

 The spring/summer mungbean variety, TMB 37 matures in 60 days as compared to 62 days for SML 832 and 61 days for SML 668 varieties. It has medium sized grains and possesses good culinary properties, said the release.

The basmati rice variety, CSR 30 possesses extra long slender grains with excellent cooking and eating quality characteristics. It matures in about 142 days after seeding. Its average paddy yield is 13.5 quintals per acre.

The Punjab Basmati 4 is a high-yielding, semi-dwarf, lodging tolerant variety which is about 96 cm tall. “It is resistant to all the ten pathotypes of bacterial blight pathogen, presently prevalent in Punjab. It matures in about 146 days after seeding and its average paddy yield is 17 quintals per acre,” said the release.

Similarly, the Punjab Basmati 5 is also resistant to all bacterial blight pathogen, and matures in about 137 days after seeding and its average paddy yield is 15 quintals per acre.

The canes of sugarcane variety, CoPb 92 juice contains 16-17% sucrose in November and 18% in December. “It is a good rationed and is tolerant to most of the prevalent pathotypes of red rot disease and frost. Quality of gur is also good. Its average cane yield is about 335 quintals per acre,” said the release.

The canes of sugarcane variety CoPb 93 juice contains 17% and 19% sucrose in January and March with average cane yield of about 390 quintals per acre.

Meanwhile, the canes of sugarcane variety, CoPb 94 juice contains 16% and 19% sucrose in January and March, with average cane yield of about 400 quintals per acre, the release said.

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