Cashew Directorate licences hybrid to TN nursery

The Directorate of Cashew Research (DCR) under ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Tamil Nadu-based nursery for the production of one of its hybrid varieties.

The directorate, located in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, has signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu-based Annai Velankani Nursery for non-exclusive licensing of production of its cashew hybrid variety — ‘H-130’.

MG Nayak, Director of DCR, said that the cashew hybrid variety has the legal protection under Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001.

He said nurseries with license from ICAR-DCR only are authorised to sell grafts of ‘H-130’ hybrid. Other nurseries producing this hybrid without license are liable for legal action.

Features of H-130:

Yield: 3 kg/tree in 3 years of planting

Cluster bearing: 10-20 nuts/panicle

Nut weight: 12-13 grams(normal variety: 6-8 grams)

Other features:

Early flowering, long fruiting duration, good response to pruning, suitable for both normal spacing and ultra-density planting.

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