|The ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode through its systematic breeding programme has developed a high yielding, short duration turmeric variety for the benefit of farmers. The variety, IISR PRAGATI, is a clonal selection from the vast repository of turmeric germplasm maintained at the institute. This variety was field tested as Acc. 48, for over three years in different turmeric growing regions of the country and under various climatic conditions.
The characteristic features:
- Short duration variety and takes only 180 days to harvest
- Suitable for turmeric growing areas with serious irrigation problems
- High yielding variety with average yield of 38 t/ha (fresh rhizomes). The yield can go up to 52 t/ha under favourable conditions. It has 30 % and 34% yield increase over national and local turmeric varieties.
- Stable and high curcumin variety (5.02%) across locations
- Moderately resistant to root knot nematode infestation
- The variety is suitable for cultivation in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh states
- This variety was identified for release during the XXVII All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS) Group Meeting held at NRC Seed Spices (Ajmer, Rajasthan) in 2016.