Dawn of new chick­pea era

New high-yield­ing va­ri­ety pro­duced for the CQ area

Central and North Rural Weekly - - CRUSH REPORTS -

CHICK­PEA pro­duc­tion in Cen­tral Queens­land en­tered a new era the re­lease of a high yield­ing va­ri­ety that prom­ises to de­liver im­proved dis­ease re­sis­tance and su­pe­rior agro­nomic and seed qual­ity char­ac­ter­is­tics.

The new desi va­ri­ety, PBA Drummond , is the re­sult of a suc­cess­ful, long-term col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Grains Re­search and Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Queens­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fisheries, the New South Wales Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and other Pulse Breed­ing Aus­tralia part­ners, along with com­mer­cial part­ners Seed­Net.

De­vel­oped specif­i­cally for Cen­tral Queens­land the new va­ri­ety is named af­ter a moun­tain range that runs through the re­gion and was of­fi­cially re­leased by the QDAF Gen­eral Man­ager for Crop and Food Sci­ence Garry Ful­lelove in Emer­ald.

Mr Ful­lelove said the va­ri­ety paved the way for a new era of desi chick­pea pro­duc­tion in Cen­tral Queens­land.

He said the re­search in­vest­ment would grow mar­kets and in­vest­ment to sup­port trade in Queens­land with 99 per cent of desi chick­peas ex­ported.

“Aus­tralia is the largest global chick­pea ex­port­ing na­tion, with Queens­land grow­ers con­tribut­ing to 55 per cent of the na­tional crop value. In 2016 chick­peas were amongst the top four agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties con­tribut­ing to the state’s in­come,” he said.

GRDC Head of Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Ron Os­mond said in tri­als PBA Drummond had demon­strated strong yield per­for­mance com­pared with ex­ist­ing va­ri­eties, and had im­proved As­cochyta blight dis­ease re­sis­tance com­pared with va­ri­eties cur­rently favoured by CQ grow­ers.

“This is the first time since 2011 that a Cen­tral Queens­land spe­cific chick­pea va­ri­ety for the ex­port mar­ket has been re­leased,” he said.

“PBA Drummond has a num­ber of agro­nomic ben­e­fits that should help to put dol­lars in grow­ers’ pock­ets.”

QDAF se­nior re­search sci­en­tist Mer­rill Ryan from the Pulse Breed­ing Team said the new va­ri­ety of­fered Cen­tral Queens­land grow­ers a desi chick­pea va­ri­ety with sig­nif­i­cantly higher grain yield than all va­ri­eties cur­rently grown in the re­gion.

Dr Ryan said the new va­ri­ety

was a cross be­tween two pre­vi­ously re­leased PBA va­ri­eties, PBA Hat­Trick and PBA Pis­tol . The ini­tial cross was made in 2006, which high­lights the lengthy process from plant­ing breed­ing to com­mer­cial re­lease.

“This new va­ri­ety has im­proved As­cochyta blight re­sis­tance over cur­rent high yield­ing, sus­cep­ti­ble va­ri­eties, such as PBA Pis­tol , Kyabra and Moti ,” she said.

“PBA Drummond is also po­ten­tially an ex­cel­lent agro­nomic op­tion with im­proved har­vesta­bil­ity. It is a tall and erect and lodg­ing re­sis­tant plant and has been in ad­vanced yield eval­u­a­tion since 2013 in a di­verse range of sea­sonal con­di­tions.

She said grow­ers could com­pare the per­for­mance data of PBA Drummond from 2013 to 2017 at www.nvton­line.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW CROP: A new desi chick­pea va­ri­ety, re­leased specif­i­cally for Cen­tral Queens­land, of­fers grow­ers po­ten­tially high yields and im­proved agro­nomic and seed qual­i­ties, as well as dis­ease re­sis­tance.

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