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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

5,000 farmers pick new wheat varieties

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, October 20

High-yielding varieties Karan Vandana, known as DBW-187, and Karan Narendra, known as DBW-222, are the prime choice of farmers for the upcoming wheat season.

Around 5,000 farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and western UP have booked these varieties on the online seed portal started by the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR) here a few days ago to avoid mass gathering of farmers in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

The institute is now sending messages to farmers for their schedule to collect the seeds. Karan Vandana was released recently for Haryana, Punjab, Jamp;K, eastern UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and West Bengal. The variety flowers in 77 days and matures in 120 days after sowing. Its average height is 100 cm and has the potential of around 80 quintals per hectare. The variety has better chapatti quality with 7.7/10 score and high iron content (43.1 ppm) in the grains.

Similarly, the DBW-222 has a potential yield of 82.1 quintal per hectare, while its height is 103 cm. It matures in 143 days.

"With an aim to follow the Covid protocol, we have started a seed portal for farmers where around 5,000 farmers booked the seed of their choice. We have to close the portal as it is flooded with booking while we have limited stock," said Dr GP Singh, Director, IIWBR.

He said it was a new initiative and had been successful. "Each farmer has been sent messages to collect his seeds," he added.

Singh said they produced seed for breeder seed producers of government agencies and some of the seed was given to farmers. "This time, we have produced 3,000 quintal of the seed, of which around 2,500 quintal has been kept reserved for the breeders, while 500 quintal for farmers. Each farmer is given 10 kg seed," he said, adding that farmers could sow these varieties between October 25 and 31.

He said farmers had shown interest in both the high-yielding varieties. Vikas Mehla, a farmer who got booked both the varieties, said these varieties were new, high yielding and disease-resistant.


'Better chapati quality'

  • Karan Vandana, known as DBW-187, flowers in 77 days and matures in 120 days after sowing. Its average height is 100 cm and has the potential of around 80 quintals per hectare. The variety has better chapati quality with 7.7/10 score and high iron content (43.1 ppm) in the grains
  • Karan Narendra, known as DBW-222, has a potential yield of 82.1 quintal per hectare, while its height is 103 cm. It matures in 143 days


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