Scientists of the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR) has proposed to introduce a new high yield wheat variety for farmers in Haryana & Punjab state. The name of this high yield variety of wheat is DBW-187 which is also popularly known as Karan Vandana. This wheat quality was previously introduced in North East states and after its success, govt. has decided to introduce DBW-187 in north-western states.
This New Karan Vandana Wheat Variety contains a high amount of protein and iron which are essential nutrients for the human body. This DBW-187 variety of wheat is receiving an overwhelming response from the farmers in various states.
On approval from the central govt., this wheat variety would be introduced for North Western states.
DBW-187 / Karan Vandana Wheat Variety for Farmers
On proposal of IIWBR scientists, govt. is planning to introduce high yield wheat variety namely DBW-187 (Karan Vandana) for farmers of Haryana, Punjab and western Uttar Pradesh. In December 2018, this variety was released for North Eastern states. On demand of farmers of other states, this variety would be released for northwestern states on approval from center.
Quality of DBW-187 / Karan Vandana Wheat
The wheat variety of DBW-187 is extremely rich in protein and iron. At a demonstration function at the IIWBR, various farmers from Haryana, Punjab, western UP and Rajasthan showed their interest in this Karan Vandana variety of wheat. These farmers have asked the govt. to provide them these high yield wheat seeds.
So now, the IIWBR is going to send a proposal to the central government for its release for north western states. The existing variety of wheat seeds have around 10% to 12% protein content while the iron content if 30 to 40 parts per million (PPM). But the DBW-187 (Karan Vandana) variety of wheat has more than 12% protein and more than 42 PPM of iron.
The yield from the new DBW-187 seeds would be around 7.5 tonnes per hectare in comparison of 6.5 tonnes from normal wheat variety. DBW-187 quality of wheat has high heat tolerance in breeding programmes across the country. The new Karan Vandana variety of wheat is also resistant to yellow rust and wheat blast disease. These high quality seeds of wheat are going to replace HD-2967 and HD-3086 wheat varieties.