Although the latest crop varieties by the Kerala Agricultural University include rice, cocoa, brinjal, tomatoes, seedless watermelon, sugarcane, chilli, jackfruit and many more, we are not going to talk about any of them. We are going to have a look at some of the classics.
Shubra and Bhagyalakshmi are two of the most popular cowpea varieties released by the KAU. While Shubra was developed by the ‘Plant Breeding and Genetics’ researchers of the Vellayani Agricultural College, Bhagyalaksmi was released by the Olericulture Department, Vellanikkara Horticulture College.
Shubra is a seed variety cowpea that grows erect to an average length of 80 cm. Bhagyalakshmi is a dwarfish bush developed from the germplasm of a Nigerian cowpea variety.
Ambili, Suvarna and Sooraj are three of the best known releases by the KAU. Ambili is suited for the climatic conditions of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. January-March and September-December are the best months for sowing Ambili. Suvarna is a fleshy variety of the crop. Sooraj is best suited to the environmental conditions of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep. This variety produces pumpkins that are high in density.
The CO7 is a papaya variety released by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. The fruits are of medium size and are very fleshy. The flesh is reddish in color and has a delightfully distinct taste. The initiation time for the flowers is 100 days. Each tree can carry up to 98 fruits.
This is but a glimpse at the myriad of seed varieties developed by the Agricultural Universities across the nation.