UAS releases 15 new crop varieties

UAS releases 15 new crop varieties

The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Dharwad has released 15 new varieties of crops.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, UAS Vice-Chancellor R R Hanchinal claimed that the new crop varieties will help the farmers reap high yield.

Two new tomato varieties – DMT-1 and DMT-5 – can give a yield of 28 tonnes per acre in a span of 120 days. They are bacterial wilt-resistant and have longer shelf-life.
A new coccinia (thondekai) variety – DRC-2 – can give a yield of 67 tonnes per hectare and is a long duration crop. The small green fruit is suited for long distance transport, Hanchinal said.

The scientists, after years of research, have developed new cotton variety named DHH-263. It is a 165-day duration crop with an yield of 26 quintals per hectare. This is a staple hybrid cotton with high lint yielding ability, he said.

A new hybrid maize variety, GH-0727, is a 120-day duration crop with a yield of 74 quintals per hectare, and contains high starch. This is resistant to turcicum leaf blight and rust, he added.

For the blackgram growers, a new variety, DBGV-05, is a 82-day duration crop with yielding capacity of 15 quintals per hectare.

Apart from this, the UAS has also released new variety of cowpea (DCS-1-47), green gram (DGGV-2), Niger (Gurellu, DNS-4), Sesame (SSD-5), two new groundnut varieties (G-2-52 and GPBD-5) with a yielding capacity of 35 quintals per hectare, soya (JS 03-05 and DSB-21).

Honour

The UAS Dharwad is one of the four universities in the country selected for institutional partnership projects taken up under the first Obama-Singh 21st century knowledge initiative awards, the VC said.

A grant of $ 250,000 will be given for the three-year projects on agricultural sciences and food security, energy and sustainable development, climate change, public health, educational reforms and innovation.

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