The cultivation of Pusa1509, a new basmati variety has proved very profitable to the farmers of Haryana. The average yield of this Basmati variety is 20 quintals to 22 quintals per acre could fetch the farmers Rs 75 thousand per acre. The new high yield high variety is being endorsed by the farmers as it is also a short duration variety and takes less time in cultivation.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Agriculture Department said that PUSA 1509 variety had become immensely popular among the farmers due to its high yield as compared to Pusa-1121. The agriculture scientists are of the view that this variety would replace the Pusa-1121 variety of Basmati as it is an improved version. He said that district Karnal is famous in the entire country for its basmati production. The basmati produced in Karnal also has high demand in Europe.
He said that the Anaj Mandi of Taraori near Karnal is considered to be a big mandi of basmati. He said that the arrival of Pusa-1509 variety of paddy has already started in this mandi. Farmers are getting upto Rs 3800 per quintal for their produce and 20 to 22 quintals per acre is being produced. Hence, the farmers have been getting upto Rs 75,000 for their yield. The procurement is being carried out by different agencies in various mandis of the district.
He said that according to the experts, PUSA 1509 is very aromatic and long grained; hence have a great demand in foreign countries. It could be marketed in Arab countries, America, Europe and other countries and would get best prices in world market, he added.
Giving details of the Pusa-1509, the spokesman said that after sowing, this variety is ready for harvesting in 85 to 90 days. He said that the right time for sowing this variety is from July 20 to 25.
He said that during the current season, this variety of paddy has been sown in about 50,000 hectares of land in various regions including Haryana and Punjab. About 200 quintal seeds have been given to farmers this year and next year more area would be covered under it, he added.