Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Vice Chancellor, Professor Samar Singh on Monday said that due to the hard work of the scientists, the University has developed a new variety of wheat WH 1270.
He said that it is a remarkable achievement for the state of Haryana, considering that it is a smaller state as compared to others, however, its contribution to the central food storage of the country is 16 per cent and is among the leading states in crop production. He said that the state ranks first in the country in per hectare wheat production capacity.
Giving information in this regard, he said that the variety has been developed by the scientists of the Wheat Section Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding of the Agriculture College. The above variety is notified and released by the ‘Crop Standards, Notification and Approval Central Sub-Committee’ of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi, he added.
Prod Samar said that the WH 1270 has been released for cultivation in North Western Plain Zone of India consisting of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan (except Kota and Udaipur divisions) and Western UP (except Jhansi division), parts of Jammu and Kashmir and parts of Himachal Pradesh (Una district and Paonta valley) and Uttarakhand (Tarai region).
Director of Research, Dr SK Sehrawat said that the variety is recommended for early sowing i.e. last week of October. If sown early, its yield can be increased from 4 to 8 quintals per acre.
For this variety, proper sowing along with use of fertilizer and regular watering is done as per the recommendations made by the University, then the average yield of the variety (WH1270) is 75.8 quintal per hectare (q/ha) and the maximum yield can be up to 91.5 quintal per hectare (q/ha). It has a good degree of resistance to yellow and brown rusts, flag smut, leaf blight and powdery mildew diseases prevalent in the area. This variety matures in 156 days and its average height is also up to 100 cm, due to which it does not fall in the field. Protein in this variety is also higher than other varieties, he added.