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New research suggests kinnow production viable in Bengal

West Bengal has the potential to grow and produce kinnow oranges, a researcher proposed on Saturday.

"We can easily grow in Bengal. Soil conditions are right... We can go for the addition of organic manure in the soil, so the water retention capacity increases and, with some manipulations ... That won't be a problem. We can go for high-density planting," Pinaki Acharya of Calcutta University's Institute of Agricultural Science said.

Kinnow, a King-Willow leaf mandarin hybrid, was developed at the University of California Research Center, Riverside by H. B. Frost in 1915 and released in 1935. It is the most widely-planted mandarin in Pakistan.

"It was introduced in Punjab in 1963 and subsequently it spread out in the Punjab-Haryana-Rajasthan belt. We are getting kinnow from these states but we (Bengal) have the environment conducive for it as well," Acharya told IANS on the sidelines of the seminar on horticulture developments in West Bengal with special reference to Pashimanchal, organised by the Agri-Horticultural Society of India.

Publication date: 11/6/2017


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