Cultivation of new variety of paddy namely Pusa Basmati-1509 has proved very profitable to the farmers of Haryana as yield of this variety, which is 20 to 22 quintals per acre could fetch the farmers Rs. 75,000, a Haryana agriculture department spokesperson said on Friday.
Apart from being high yielding, it was also a short duration variety and took less time in cultivation, he said, adding 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 will replace the Pusa-1121 variety of Basmati as it is an improved version.
Karnal district was famous in the entire country for its basmati production. The basmati produced in Karnal also had high demand in Europe, he said, and added that the Anaj Mandi of Taraori was considered to be a big mandi of basmati.
He said that the arrival of Pusa-1509 variety of paddy had already started in this mandi.
Farmers have got up to Rs. 3,800 per quintal and 20 to 22 quintals per acre is being produced.
The farmers have been getting up to Rs. 75,000 for their yield. The procurement is being carried out by various agencies in various mandis of the district.