The national workshop of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS) has identified 4 new spice varieties for release. The national workshop identified the varieties for release based on the proposals of the scientists working on the projects.The AICRPS under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) decided to identify the varieties for release after reviewing the performance of the varieties across different agro climatic zones in the country. The product quality, performance of the variety during the test across multi locations and the presence of spice oils in the variety were taken into account while identifying the varieties for release.The two day workshop at ICAR- Indian Institute of Spices Research identified two turmeric varieties, and one ginger and fenugreek varieties each for release.
Acc. 247, a new variety of ginger proposed by Dr. D. Prasath from ICAR- Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode has been identified for release in Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa and West Bengal. The variety, according to experts is bold and plumpy and suitable as vegetable type ginger.The varietal release committee of the AICRPS chaired by Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey,Additional Director General of ICAR also reviewed the essential oil content and zingiberin content of the variety.According to the scientist, the Acc.247 contains more than 2 per cent of essential oils against the 1.5 per cent average of other Indian ginger varieties.According to Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, the member of the varietal committee and former project coordinator of AICRPS, Acc. 247 can play very important role as it a vegetable ginger.
“Now, Chinese ginger varieties are dominating the vegetable ginger market. Indian experts have been focusing on dry ginger and this product could bring in a change,” he said.The turmeric varieties identified for release include LTS-2 proposed by Dr. YSRHU Centre Guntur and Rajendra Haldi 1 proposed by RPCAU, Dholi. HM 257 improved variety of Fenugreek was proposed by Hisar centre in Haryana.Dr. N Krishnakumar, chairman; Research Advisory Committee of ICAR IISR, Dr. Santhosh J Eapen, Project coordinator and Director of ICAR-IISR, Dr. Gopal Lal (Director, ICAR-
National Research Centre on Seed Spices) and others were also present.