Improved Onion Varieties Released

Five improved onion varieties of Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR) were recommended for release at national level in recently held workshop of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic (AINRPOG) at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (BCKV), Kalyani. Major characteristics of the varieties are as follows:

Bhima Super: A red onion variety from DOGR has been identified for release for kharif season in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.  It can also be grown in late kharif. It is reported to have an average yield of 20 - 22 t/ha in kharif and 40 - 45 t/ha in late kharif. Bulbs attain maturity within 100-105 days after transplanting (DAT) in kharif and 110 -120 DAT in late kharif. It produces mostly single centered bulbs.

Bhima Super
Bhima Super

Bhima Dark Red: This onion variety from DOGR has been identified for release in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu for kharif season. Average marketable yield is 20-22 t/ha. It is recommended particularly due to its attractive dark red flat globe bulbs. It attains maturity within 95-100 DAT.

Bhima Dark Red

Bhima Dark Red

Bhima Red: This variety already recommended for rabi season in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, is also recommended for release for kharif season in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. It can also be grown in late kharif. Maturity is 105-110 DAT during kharif and 110-120 DAT during late kharif and rabi seasons. The average marketable yield in kharif season is 19-21 t/ha, in late kharif season is 48-52 t/ha and it is 30-32 t/ha in rabi season. It can be stored up to 3 months in rabi.

Bhima Red
Bhima Red

Bhima Shweta: This white onion variety already recommended for rabi, is also recommended for release for kharif in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. TSS is around 11-120B and it matures within 110-120 DAT. It has medium keeping quality and can be stored up to 3 months. Average marketable yield during kharif season is 18 - 20 t/ha and in rabi is 26-30 t/ha.

Bhima Shweta
Bhima Shweta

Bhima Shubhra: This white onion variety has been recommended for Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu for kharif season. It is also recommended for late kharif in Maharashtra. It matures in 110-115 DAT during kharif and 120-130 DAT in late kharif. TSS is 10-120B. It is a medium storer with a capacity to tolerate environmental fluctuation. Average marketable yield during kharif is 18 - 20 t/ha and during late kharif 36-42 t/ha.

Bhima Shubhra
Bhima Shubhra

 (Source: DOGR, Rajgurunagar)