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“Technologies Showcasing and Feedback on Wheat Crop Updates in Punjab”

26th March, 2023, Karnal

ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal organized On Farm Farmers-Scientist Interaction programme for wheat technologies showcasing and feedback on crop updates after untimely rains in Punjab.

Dr. Gyanendra Singh, Director, ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal visited wheat fields of three districts viz., Patiala, Sangrur and Fatehgardh Sahib of Punjab. He urged for diversification of varieties at farmers field and post-harvest processing and management for better mitigation of varied environmental conditions.  He lauded the efforts of farmers of Punjab in adoption of newly released varieties at faster pace than any other region and underlined the importance of varietal promotion at farmers’ field.

Dr. Amit Sharma,  Nodal Officer (Seeds)  informed about the use of quality seed for better yield and IIWBR Seed distribution model of seed distribution to the large number of farmers through ONLINE IIWBR SEED PORTAL.

During this programme scientist interacted with  various seed growers  and innovative farmers viz., Mr. Gurinder Pal Singh (Sangrur), Gurmeet Singh Sandhu (Patiala), Harpreet Singh (Patiala), Gurumail Singh (Sangrur), etc.,  at their fields covering >500km. The performance of different IIWBR wheat varieties of IIWBR viz., DBW 370, DBW 371, DBW 372, DBW 327, DBW 303. DBW 222 at respective fields was also monitored.

Dr. Hanif Khan suggested farmers to adopt new varieties based upon yield and nutritional qualities.

Dr. Sewa Ram highlighted the importance of biofortified varieties with high zinc, iron and protein in nutritional security. The team assessed the spectrum of crop logging after the untimely heavy rains in different districts and its relation with varietal diversity and agronomic interventions in wheat crop.

The Farmers were appreciated the efforts of IIWBR for large scale seed production of latest high yielding wheat and barley varieties and their seed distribution through online Seed Portal.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal)

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