The Directorate of Wheat Research has identified 11 new varieties, nine of wheat and two of barley, for different agro-climatic regions across the country under its Vision-2025 aimed at increasing wheat production to 119 million tonnes by 2025.
The varieties included HS 507, bread wheat for timely sown irrigated/rain-fed conditions of northern hills zone, PBW 621 and DWB 50 for north western plains zone, WH 1080 for north western plains, HI 1563 for north-eastern plains zone, MP 3288 for central zone, NIAW 1415 for peninsular zone and PDW 315, WHD 943 for durum wheat in north-western plain zones. DWR 73 for 2-rowed malt barley for north-western plain zone and UPB 1008 for 6-rowed feed barley for northern hills zone.
All varieties have been recommended to the Central Variety Release Committee for notification.
The Indian wheat programme had globally been recognised as a success story that led to record production of 80.71 million tonne, third record breaking production in a row, said director DWR SS Singh. The contribution of north-western plain zone, especially Punjab in this respect was remarkable, as it produces 20 per cent of the country’s wheat and contributes 60 per cent of central buffer stock from the 1.5 per cent area under cultivation.
He said incredible progress has been made in national wheat production, since the initiation of All-India Coordinated Wheat and Barley Improvement Project in 1965 and the growth rate of more than 3 per cent had been achieved during last five year.