A tomato variety 'Punjab Ratta' and a brinjal hybrid 'PBHL-52' developed by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) scientists have been identified for cultivation in Zone 4 of the country comprising Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Terai region of Uttrakhand and Bihar.
This was decided at recently held 32nd group meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project on vegetable crops at Indira Gandhi Krishi Viswavidhyalaya (IGKV), Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
The annual meet is organised to discuss results of field experiments conducted to identify improved crop cultivars suitable for different regions of the country. The two varieties chosen were given rigorous testing for three years across the country.
BS Dhillon, vice-chancellor, PAU and SS Gosal, director of research, congratulated vegetable breeders for their hard work.
MS Dhaliwal, tomato breeder and head, department of vegetable science, said, "Punjab Ratta tomato is oval, medium sized and firm fruits that are rich in lycopene. Besides, it is suitable for processing. Till date, the department has developed 155 varieties/hybrids of vegetable crops, of which 33 have been identified at the national level."
About the brinjal hybrid 'PBHL-52,' brinjal breeder AS Dhatt, said it was early maturing and high yielding breed, and had long, attractive purple fruits borne in clusters.