‘Nilgiris ideal for cultivating wheat'
Wheat Field Day was observed under the aegis of the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) at the Regional Station of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in Wellington, near here, on Sunday.
Among the 50 scientists from various ICAR institutes and State Agricultural Universities who participated were J.S. Sandhu, Additional Director General (Seeds), ICAR, New Delhi and Indu Sharma, Project Director (Wheat), Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal.
Stating that the objective of the programme was to display 17,000 germ plasm raised at the station and regenerated after being stored for 30 years in the NBPGR. Principal Scientist and Head of the station Jagdish Kumar said that the germ plasm selected by the participants would be used in breeding programmes.
He added that the scientists were of the view that the conditions in the Nilgiris and adjoining areas were ideal for cultivating wheat.
The regional station in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, had recently released a samba wheat variety Cow (W) 2 for cultivation exclusively in the Nilgiris and its surroundings.