20 April, 2014 16:49 IST
Pancham-541 hybrid cotton seeds gives record productivity to farmers
Source: IRIS (11-JAN-12)
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Pancham-541 developed by Krishidhan Seeds has given record productivity to farmers across the country in the recent times.Pancham 541 is a BT seed for cotton launched in the year 2010 by Krishidhan Seeds. Since its inception, it has given record productivity to the farmers, especially in the North. The unique feature of Pancham-541 is that it is highly tolerant to all major sucking pests, Helicoverpa and Spodoptera (These pests cause great damage to cotton and has been responsible for its low productivity in the past). As this hybrid goes very well both in rain fed and irrigated region, it has also given high yields in the areas where there has been less water supply because of its deep root system and desired drought tolerance.

Recently Farmer ManoharLal of Khorda village in Bhiwani District of Haryana harvested 23.77 quintals of cotton in just 6 canal of area. This is a record-breaking production of cotton in India, as the average yield of the crop is very low at just 8-10 quintals per acre. ManoharLal was able to produce 23.77 quintals in an area less than an acre, as 8 canals make an acre, thanks to Pancham-541, a new variety of cotton seeds introduced by Krishidhan Seeds.

Many such instances have been recorded by the farming community using Pancham-541. It has surely become a trendsetter amongst the farming community in the country.

M A Dhande, Director, Cotton Crop Division from Krishidhan Group comments, ``BT seeds like Pancham-541 has surely come a long way and contributed to the overall production of cotton in the country at large. 

These seeds are developed keeping in mind the different agro-climatic conditions in the country.`` Currently India ranks second in the World in the overall production of cotton after China. He adds “If farmers continue to cultivate such record productivity hybrids, India will soon overtake China and become the largest cotton growing country in the World.``

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