The Karan Vandana (DBW 187) is the latest wheat variety released for irrigated timely sown conditions of North Eastern Plains Zones comprising of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and West Bengal.
The variety had significant yield advantage over the existing cultivars, viz., HD 2967, K 0307, HD 2733, K 1006 and DBW 39 of the zone. It possesses better resistance against the important diseases of the region like leaf rust and leaf blight. The Karan Vandana variety flowers in 77 days and matures in 120 days after sowing. Its average height is 100 cm and has the potential of 64.70 q per ha. The variety has better Chapatti quality with 7.7/10 score and high iron content (43.1 ppm) in the grains.
For popularizing and promoting the variety, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal in collaboration with the Mahayogi Gorakhnath Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh organized the training programme on 16th November, 2018 for the wheat farmers of the District.
Smt. Koila Devi, W/O Shri Arjun from the village Rakhukhor, Junglekaudiya, Gorakhpur was among the 100 farmers who participated in the training programme and received the mini kit of 2.5 kg seed of Karan Vandana. She carried out the wheat sowing in line in the third week of November, 2018. Smt. Koila applied the recommended dose of fertilizers (150:60:40 kg NPK/ha) in the field and applied the irrigation two times. By carrying out the weeding manually two times during the crop season, she harvested 220 kg wheat yield from the small area of 266 m2 (82.52 q/ha) on 10th April, 2019. Now, Smt. Koila Devi is the source of aspiration and motivation for the other farmers of the region.
The other farmers of the District also harvested the high yield. The harvest from the same amount of seed (2.5 kg) at the farmers’ fields in the District varied from 80 to 220 kg from 2.5 kg of the seed. This approach will certainly be helped in rapid popularization of the variety in the region.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research Karnal)