Don’t tamper with Jayadhar cotton

BANGALORE, July 26, 2014 Sharath S. Srivatsa

Jayadhar cotton, for which the University of Agricultural Sciences-Dharwad received permission for transgenic trials last Friday, is a popular variety in the rain-fed areas of north Karnataka.

It is a rabi crop predominantly grown in Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri districts, and parts of Bellary and Koppal. Unlike other varieties, it is a mixed crop grown with chillies and onion, among other crops. The drought resistant Jayadhar was an improved variety released in the 50s. It saw further improvement when EDHC-11 and RAHS-4 varieties were released by the UAS-D later. Though other local varieties have been improved upon, Jayadhar remains popular among farmers