19 October 2022, New Delhi: DBW 296 (Karan Aishwarya) is a new high yielding bread wheat cultivar developed by ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal and has been released for North-Western Plains Zone (NWPZ) of India. NWPZ covers Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan (except Kota and Udaipur divisions), western Uttar Pradesh (except Jhansi division), parts of Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu and Kathua Distt.), parts of Himachal Pradesh (Una Distt. and Paonta Valley) and Uttarakhand (Tarai region).
This variety is found to be tolerant to drought stress.
Yield potential – 83.3 q/ha
Average yield – 56.1 q/ha (with only 2 irrigations)
The grains are soft to semi hard, oblong, amber coloured with 1000-grain weight of ~43g.
This new variety is also suitable for multiple end-use products like bread, chapati and naan.
It is resistant to yellow, brown and black rusts and other foliar diseases.
This new wheat variety is resistant to all major diseases which can reduce the wheat yield, farmers can save about `2200/ha by avoiding use of fungicides for disease control.
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