The fodder section of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) has Two new improved varieties of oats have been developed. Their names are HFO 707 and HFO 806. Farmers and livestock farmers of the north-west, southern and hill states of the country will benefit greatly from these varieties of oats. University Vice Chancellor Prof. BR Giving this information, Kamboj said that due to high protein content and digestibility in both these varieties, they are very good for animals.
HFO 707 is a two cutting variety of oats while HFO 806 is a single cut variety of oats. He said that on the recommendation of the Central Seed Committee in the Gazette of the Government of India, the HFO 707 variety of oats has been distributed in the North Western Zone of the country (Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand) while HFO 806 has been placed in the Southern Zone of the country (Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Uttarakhand). Timely sowing is recommended for Andhra Pradesh) and hilly zone (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir).
Other states are also getting benefit
The Vice Chancellor said that the varieties of crops developed by Haryana Agricultural University are not only benefiting the farmers of Haryana but also other states of the country. The demand for varieties developed here is continuously increasing in other states as well. It is a matter of pride for the state of Haryana along with HKR. He congratulated the scientists of the fodder section for this achievement and called for continuing their efforts in future also.
This is the specialty of new varieties of oats
Referring to the characteristics of new varieties of oats, Dr. Jeet Ram Sharma, Research Director of the University, said that the average yield of green fodder of HFO 707 variety is 696 quintals and the average yield of dry fodder is 135 quintals per hectare. Its average seed yield is 23.8 q/ha while the crude protein yield is 19.4 q/ha. This variety is moderately resistant to Helminthosporium leaf spot disease.
How much is the yield of green fodder
Dean of Agriculture College Dr. S.K. Pahuja said that the average yield of green fodder in the southern zone of HFO 806 variety is 376.4 and in the hill zone is 295.2 quintals per hectare. The average seed yield of this variety is 9.5 quintals per hectare in the southern zone and 23.9 quintals per hectare in the hilly zone. The average yield of crude protein of this variety is 5.5 quintals per hectare in the southern zone and 7.1 quintals per hectare in the hilly zone. This variety is moderately resistant to powdery mildew disease.
These scientists have developed these varieties
Fodder section scientists Dr. DS Phogat, Meenakshi Devi, Yogesh Jindal, SK Pahuja, Satyavan Arya, Ravish Panchta, Pammi Kumari, Naveen Kumar, Neeraj Kharod, Dalwinder Pal Singh, Satpal, and Bajrang Lal Sharma were involved in developing these varieties. Contribution is being made. Scientists of this university have already developed some other varieties of oats.
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