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PAU rice varieties carve a niche, surpass water guzzling ‘PUSA 44’

Ludhiana, May 27, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
The recommended rice varieties by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have carved a niche for themselves by surpassing the water guzzling varieties in the current crop season.

Divulging details, Dr Gurjit Singh Mangat, Additional Director of Research (Crop Improvement), PAU, said that for the convenience of farmers, PAU has set up 35 seed sale counters across the state. The analysis of paddy seed sale data during the current season revealed that the recommended rice varieties have received an unprecedented response from the farmers.

The heartening observation is that the farmers from Ludhiana, Moga, Barnala, Bathinda, Sangrur and Mansa districts of Malwa region who earlier used to cultivate water guzzling Pusa 44 and other long duration varieties, this season opted for short duration PR 126 variety, he disclosed. The varieties PR 114 and PR 131 were the choice of farmers in the districts of Ferozepur, Faridkot and Patiala, he said.

However, the farmers of Sri Muktsar Sahib and Fazilka opted for Basmati varieties Pusa Basmati 1121 and Punjab Basmati 7, he added. “In the Majha and Doaba, PR 121 and PR 130 found favour with the farmers. In the Ropar and Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar districts of Puad region, the seeds of PR 130, PR 131 and PR 128 were preferred,” he informed.

Dr Mangat further told that the farmers from Haryana queued up at PAU seed sale counters at Shambhu (Rajpura); and Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Rauni (Patiala) and Kheri (Sangrur) to purchase seeds of PR 114, PR 131 and Punjab Basmati 7. The coarse grain rice variety PR 113 maintained its popularity among the farmers of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand state, he said.

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