Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar, has developed two new high yielding and disease resistant varieties of wheat and barley for cultivation in different states of the country.
CCSHAU’s vice-chancellor KS Khokhar said that the Central Varietal Identification Committee headed by Dr SK Datta, deputy director general (Crop Sciences), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), in the All India Wheat and Barley Research Workers Meet held at Jawahar Lal Nehru Krishi Vishva Vidiayalya, Jabalpur, recenty, had identified varsity’s wheat variety WH 1142 for release in North Western Plain Zone for timely sown restricted irrigation conditions.
The zone comprises the states of Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP, Jammu region of J&K and foothills of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.
Similarly, a barley variety BH 959 had been identified by the committee for timely sown irrigated conditions in the Central Zone comprising MP, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kota and Udaipur divisions of Rajasthan, he added.
CCSHAU director of research SS Siwach said that wheat variety WH 1142 had given an average yield of 48.1 q/ha, which was nearly 5 to 8 times more than check varieties WH 1080, HD 3043 and PBW 644.
Besides, this variety was resistant against yellow rust disease and possessed high levels of protein (12.1 per cent), iron (36.4 ppm), zinc (33.7 pm) and bread quality score(6.85).
Likewise, barley variety BH 959 gave an average yield of 50 q/ha which was 12.71 and 9.63 percent higher than its check varieties PL 751 and RD 2786, respectively. This variety is also resistant against yellow rust as well as leaf blight diseases.
(With inputs from PTI)