Agriculture scientists have identified eight varieties of wheat and one of barley across the country, officials of the Haryana government said today.
This was informed at the '55th All India Wheat & Barley Research Workers' meet which concluded here today. About 500 participants including scientists from all over the country took part in the four-day event.
To increase the productivity of wheat, the plenary session came with the recommendation of eight wheat varieties and one barley variety in various zones of India, officials of the Haryana Agriculture Department said.
In North-Eastern Zone consisting of the states, namely, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal (excluding hills), Orissa, Assam, two varieties -HD 3171 and K 1317 were identified on the basis of their superiority of yield along with resistance to leaf rust and leaf blight diseases, they said.
In the Central Zone's Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kota and Udaipur divisions of Rajasthan and Jhansi division of UP, a pasta product making variety HI 8759 (d) was identified because of its superiority in yield along with resistance to rusts and nutrient quality, they added.
For Peninsular Zone comprising Maharashtra and Karnataka, a durum wheat variety -3949 (d) and a variety for chapati making - HI 1605 were identified.
For North Western Plain Zone, the variety -PBW 723 was identified because of resistance to yellow rust races over parental variety PBW 343.
In addition, a barley variety -- DWRB 123 was identified due to superiority in yield and quality.
On this occasion the books on various aspect of wheat improvement were released and awards were given to the groups of scientists for their outstanding work in the fields of wheat and barley research, the official said.
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