17 fruit, vegetables, flowers varieties approved for sowing

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Ludhiana, May 7 (UNI) The Punjab State Variety Approval Committee Meeting has given its approval for the sowing of seventeen varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The approval was based on critical appraisal of the of yield, quality and reaction to pests and diseases of these varieties.

The varieties include four of fruits, six of vegetables and seven of flowers (Chrysanthemum).

The meeting of the Variety Approval Committee was held yesterday at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here. The meeting was chaired by Punjab Horticulture Director, Baldev Singh. PAU Director of Extension Education, Dr N S Malhi spoke at length on various varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

The others who participated in the meeting included, Director of Research, Dr P S Minhas, Additional Director of Extension Education, Dr S P Mehra, Punjab state, Deputy Director Horticulture, Punjab, Dr L S Brar (Chandigarh), Dr Gurkamal Singh (Hoshiarpur), Dr Amarjit Singh Sandhu (Jalandhar) and Dr Tek Chand (Abohar) and heads of the concerened departments of the pAU.

The concerned scientists associated with the varieties also participated in the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Baldev Singh, Director of Horticulture, Punjab.

The fruit varieties that were approved include, Punjab Nakh (Pear), that is a high juice content variety. The fruit quality of this variety is healthy and it stands transportation well.

The Punjab Nakh fruit can be cold-stored for 60 days at 0-10 C temperature and 90-95 per cent relative humidity. It matures in last week of July and average yield is 192 kg per tree.

The second fruit variety approved was Punjab Baramasi Lemon, which again has a high juice content and a low seed content. It matures in the first week of July and average yield is 84 kg per tree.

The Punjab Nectarine, (Peach) variety which was granted approval has a very good fruit yield, which is around 108 quintals per hectare. The fruit is large and weighs about 90 grams when ripe.

The Grand Naine (Banana), given approval is a high yielding variety with medium height. Its average yield is 17.06 kg/plant.

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