3 PAU vegetable varieties identified for cultivation at national level

2 varieties of brinjal, 1 of tomato identified for cultivation across different zones


Punjab Bharpoor


Three vegetable varieties of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana have been identified for cultivation at national level. These varieties were identified during the 39th Annual Meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project for Vegetable Crops (AICRP-Vegetable Crops) in which the PAU vegetable scientists took part.

The varieties include hybrid PBHL-56 of brinjal for cultivation in Zone IV (Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand) and Zone VI (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Delhi); variety Punjab Bharpoor of brinjal for Zone I (Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand), Zone III (Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar) and Zone VIII (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry); and hybrid TH-1214 (PTH-2) of tomato for Zone IV (Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand).

PAU’s Department of Vegetable Science head Tarsem Singh Dhillon said PBHL-56 is a long-fruited hybrid of brinjal having purple-black fruits and gave an average yield of 274 quintals per acre.

“Punjab Bharpoor is a brinjal variety of small round groups in which fruits bear in clusters. Its fruits are small-oblong, shining, deep purple with green calyx, having yield potential of 224 quintals per acre,” he said.

“TH-1214 (PTH-2) is a high yielding (270 quintals per acre) determinate hybrid of tomato, which gives first picking in 114 days after transplanting. Its fruits are round, deep red, medium sized and firm. This hybrid is resistant to late blight as well as root knot nematodes and suitable for processing,” Dhillon informed.

He further highlighted that AICRP (Vegetable Crops) of the PAU Department of Vegetable Science has also been awarded with the Best AICRP (VC) Centre for 2020.

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