New high-yield arhar variety could solve pulses shortage

As the country grapples with recurring increase in pulses price, scientists at the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) have come up with a New high-yield arhar variety to address the shortage in the commodity.

Scientists at Kanpur-based Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), an affiliate organisation of ICAR, have developed an arhar (tur) variety, which has the potential to give much higher yield – almost double – compared to existing variants.The average yield of existing pulses varieties in the country is 9-10 quintals a hectare, but the new variety developed by IIPR scientists has the potential to give 20 quintals.

Because of low yields, pulses accounts for less than 10 per cent of India’s annual foodgrains output, though it occupies 20 per cent of area under foodgrains. The central government, along with ICAR, is extensively promoting this variety – IPA-203 – in the northern and central regions of the country, where it wants to push pulses cultivation by encouraging farmers to shift from wheat and rice.

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