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PBW-621(for wheat) and FDK-124 (desi cotton)-New Varieties from PAU Ludhiana

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Punjab Agricultural University of Ludhiana on Wednesday announced the release of new wheat and cotton varieties.

The varieties, named PBW-621(for wheat) and FDK-124 (desi cotton), were approved for release at a meeting of state variety approval committee (SVAC) for field crops held at farmers service centre under the chairmanship of director, agriculture, Punjab, Dr BS Sidhu.

The new wheat variety will be resistant to yellow rust disease which has extensively damaged winter crop of PB 343 variety this year.
Moreover, it is also resistant to black rust disease though it has not attacked crop in India,” Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Director Research S S Gosal said today.Revealing another feature of wheat variety, Gosal said the height of this semi dwarf variety is 15 centimeter more than that of other wheat varieties, hence it will lead to generation of more straw for farmers for extra income.
Wheat straw fetches Rs 500 to 600 per quintal in the market.He said PAU has sufficient seed of new wheat variety which will be given to farmers ahead of sowing in rabi season. Though over 90 per cent area is under Bt cotton, PAU developed new variety FDK-124 of ‘desi’ cotton that would be resistant to Cotton Lead Curl Virus (CLCV).CLCV has affected Bt cotton but the new variety will be highly resistant to it,” he said. In Punjab, 5 to 8 per cent area is still under ‘desi’ Cotton.He said it is an early maturing and high yielding variety of desi cotton. Taking about 160 days to mature, the variety gives an average seed cotton yield of 9.28 quintals per acre, he added.Sufficient seed of FDK-124 is available for multiplication.