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Cashew research station suggests new variety for coastal Karnataka

Our Bureau Mangalore | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on February 13, 2011

The team of United Nations DevelopementProgramme officials at the Horticultural ResearchStation in Ooty (file photo) - Special Arrangement

The Horticultural Research Station of the University of Horticultural Sciences (Bagalkot) at Ullal in Mangalore taluk, has recommended the cultivation of NDR 2-1 variety of cashew in coastal Karnataka.

In an informal chat with newspersons on the sidelines of cashew field day at Ullal on Saturday, Dr Lakshman, Head, Horticultural Research Station, Ullal, said that the variety released by the Cashew Research Station of Kerala Agricultural University at Madakkathara was studied for 10 years in Ullal research station, before recommending the variety for cultivation in coastal Karnataka.

The average yield of cashew nut in this variety is 21.4 kg a tree and the seed size of this crop is also good, he said.

Till now, the research station at Ullal has released Ullal 1, Ullal 2, Ullal 3, Ullal 4 and UN-50 varieties of cashew for cultivation. Of them, Ullal 1 yields 19 kg of seeds a tree, Ullal 2 variety 18 kg a tree, Ullal 3 yields 15 kg a tree, Ullal 4 variety 9.5 kg a tree, and UN-50 yields 10.5 kg a tree.

Ullal 1 and 2 were recommended for cultivation in 1984; and Ullal 3, 4 and UN-50 were recommended for cultivation in 1993, 1994 and 1995, respectively.

Spread over 35 acres of land, the research station at Ullal cultivates 15 varieties of cashew. On an average, the station gets around 150 quintals of seeds as yield every year, he added.

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Published on February 13, 2011
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