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TNAU releases new crop varieties

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has released several new hybrid crop varieties including that of groundnut and jackfruit for the benefit of the farming community.

The Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S Arumugham released  Jackfruit 'PLR(J) 2' and Groundnut 'VRI(Gn) 6'. With high oil content of 50 per cent, the new Groundnut 'VRI (Gn) 6' is high shelling (75 per cent), and moderately resistant to late leaf spot, rust and Peanut Bud Necrosis Disease, with a duration of 100-105 days, they said.

The newly released Jackfruit variety 'PLR(J) 2 has highly palatable and edible flakes, in normally good quality and bigger sized fruits. This would fetch more price due to attractive characters and keeping quality, resulting in increased income to the farmers with less incidence of major pest and diseases.

With the season in June-December, the fruit yield per tree per year would be 95 to 110 in numbers and 1900 to 1950 KGs in weight. This is suitable for growing in tropical climates and deep well drained loam soil.


Publication date: 6/27/2007


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