New varieties of crops released

LUDHIANA: Punjab Agricultural University's State Variety Approval Committee has released six new varieties of crops for cultivation in the State.

The released varieties are PAU 201 of semi-dwarf paddy, PAU 626 H of Desi cotton, PAU 881 of Arhar, PAU 1691 and Narendra Sanai of Sunnhemp and PAU 911 of Kharif moong, a PAU release said here.

Giving details of the varieties, PAU said a semi-dwarf stiff variety of paddy matures in about 144 days and is resistant to attack by bacterial blight pathogens.

Similarly, the Arhar variety matures in about 132 days. Its average grain yield is 5-6 quintals per acre, the release added.

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