New barley variety released in Tajikistan

June 15, 2010 at 5:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ziratkor Research Station, Tajikistan: Dr Saidzhamol Saidov (right), Director, and Dr Pulod Kholikov (center), barley breeder, examine field performance of the new variety

Pulodi, a new barley variety developed jointly by Tajikistan’s Institute of Crop Husbandry, the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences and ICARDA, has been released for cultivation by Tajikistan’s State Variety Testing Commission. The variety is medium-tall, resistant to lodging, with high biomass yield, and resistant to locally important diseases.

Pulodi was developed at ICARDA between 2000 and 2002, and then tested for several years by the Institute of Crop Husbandry and the State Variety Testing Commission. It gave yields of 3 to 3.5 t/ha under rainfed conditions, and 4.5 to 5 t/ha under irrigation. Barley varieties in Tajikistan are mostly used as forage, harvested during the heading stage. Pulodi is particularly suitable because of its high biomass yield and its earliness – its begins heading 8-10 days earlier than most other varieties, allowing farmers to grow two crops per year, even without irrigation.

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