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PAU rice variety getting popular in global market
Super Basmati, a variety developed by the scientists at Punjab Agricultural University, has found great acceptance in the international market. Thus claims a press release issued by the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

The statement says the Centre recently allowed the export of this variety. The variety was released for general cultivation in the state in 2003. Big export potential for Super Basmati could be a good news for farmers in Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ropar and Hoshiarpur districts. These areas have a natural niche for growing basmati.

Based on these facts, the PAU has advocated the cultivation of Super Basmati. The university has developed and recommended complete packages for basmati cultivation. This variety gives 40 per cent higher yield than Basmati-386, the prevalent variety.

Head of Department of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Dr N.S. Malhi says, ‘‘The Basmati Exports Association has joined hands with the PAU to popularise this variety in Punjab. The PAU has supplied the seed to the association for production and multiplication.’’

Giving details of the characteristics of this variety, Dr Malhi said super basmati is a medium tall variety with good lodging resistance. It has weak photo period sensitivity and best even under medium fertility soils. As compared to the popular Basmati-386, Super Basmati matures early. The grains of this variety are extra long and superfine with strong aroma.

He said the transplanting of Super Basmati is recommended in the first fortnight. Thus it helps in saving a lot of water. ‘‘Popularisation of this variety fixes well in the ‘Save Water Campaign’ launched by the university,’’ said Dr Malhi.

Another advantage of growing basmati is that after harvesting wheat in March, there is enough time till July to grow a crop of summer moong. This way, farmers can take three crops in a year. Growing summer moong has an added advantage as it improves the soil health which saves on fertiliser use in the subsequent crops.
MGR Archive 18.6.2006
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