Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) scientists have developed two new varieties of wheat (WH 1142) and barley (BH 959) that have been identified for cultivation in different states of the country.
CCSHAU vice-chancellor KS Khokhar said on Tuesday that the Central Varietal Identification Committee headed by SK Datta, deputy director general (crop sciences), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), in the All India Wheat and Barley Research Workers Meet held at Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishva Vidyalaya, Jabalpur, recently, had identified university’s wheat variety WH 1142 for release in north western plain zone comprising the states of Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu region of J&K and foot hills of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, for timely sown restricted irrigation conditions.
Similarly, barley variety BH 959 had been identified by the committee for timely sown irrigated conditions in the central zone comprising Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kota and Udaipur divisions of Rajasthan, he added.
Last month, two American cotton varieties of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, H1316 and H1353, were identified for cultivation in central zone of the country.
He said the new varieties of wheat (WH 1142) and barley (BH 959) were high yielding and resistant against important diseases.
Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University director of research SS Siwach said wheat variety WH 1142 gave an average yield of 48.1 q/ha, which was nearly 5 to 8 times more than check varieties WH 1080, HD 3043 and PBW 644.
Besides, this variety was resistant against yellow rust disease and possessed high levels of protein (12.1%), iron (36.4 ppm), zinc (33.7 pm) and chappati score (7.49) and bread quality score (6.85).