PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
PAU RELEASES TWO NEW CROP VARIETIES FOR CULTIVATION IN PUNJAB
LUDHIANA, JANUARY 12:
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has developed/released two new varieties namely ‘Superior Seedless’ of grapes and ‘Kagzi’ of bael for general cultivation in Punjab. The varieties were approved during the meeting of State Variety Approval Committee, held under the Chairmanship of Dr Gurkanwal Singh, Director of Horticulture, Punjab. The senior officials, heads and faculty of PAU attended the meet. Dr Manjit Singh Gill, Director of Research, PAU, said the characteristics of two varieties were thoroughly discussed before approval.
The vines of grape variety ‘Superior Seedless’ are medium in vigour; bunches are loose, medium to large in size; and berries seedless, large, amber coloured and crisp. Its juice contains 17 per cent TSS (total soluble solids) and 0.51 per cent acidity. It is an early season variety, which matures in first week of June and is suitable for table purpose. Its average yield is 21.8 kg per vine.
The tree of bael variety ‘Kagzi’ is semi-vigorous, medium to large in size with green leaves. Its fruits are medium to large with thin shell and contain 28-32 per cent TSS. The fruit matures between mid-April to mid-May. Its average yield is 107 kg per tree.