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Punjab Agricultural University develops new high yield ‘Punjab Basmati 7’

The variety has been developed by involving the strongly scented traditional varieties ‘Basmati 386’ and ‘Pusa Basmati 1121’, said PAU.

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |
April 15, 2021 6:05:32 am
punjab agricultural university, Punjab, basmati rice, punjab news, agriculture news, india news, indian expressExperts examine Basmati crop in a field. (Express File Photo)

Ahead of paddy sowing season, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Wednesday said that farmers in Punjab should opt for high-yielding new ‘Punjab Basmati 7’, it has developed.

The variety has been developed by involving the strongly scented traditional varieties ‘Basmati 386’ and ‘Pusa Basmati 1121’, said PAU.

Dr GS Mangat, Head, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, said the new variety yielded consistently better in the multi-locational trials. “Overall, it had an edge of 11.4 and 6.1 per cent, respectively over the popular Pusa Basmati 1121 and Pusa Basmati 1718. It gave an overall yield of 48.58 q/ha (19.4 q/acre),” he informed.

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