Ludhiana, March 2, 2015: The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has released an early maturing and high yielding variety PR 124 of ‘A’ grade parmal rice.
Giving details about the characteristics of the rice variety, Dr R.S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education, PAU said that PR 124 is a semi dwarf variety with dark green erect leaves. It matures in about 135 days after seeding. It possesses extra-long slender (L/B ratio of 3.80), clear translucent grains with excellent cooking and eating quality characteristics, he added. The variety resists the attack of all the 10 presently prevalent pathotypes of bacterial blight pathogen in the Punjab state, he said. The average paddy yield of this variety is 30.5 quintals per acre, he highlighted. “This variety will prove very beneficial to the farmers on account of its higher paddy yield, shorter maturity period, disease resistance, and to the traders due to excellent quality characteristics,” he stated. PAU has produced large quantity of seed of this variety at its Seed Farms located at Ladhowal, Naraingarh (Fatehgarh Sahib), Faridkot and Kapurthala, and at Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). Dr Sidhu informed that seed will be available to the farmers during Kisan Melas and the interested farmers can also purchase the seed from PAU Seed Shop, KVKs and Seed Farms.