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Performance and Preference of Broccoli Varieties Grown under Low Hill Conditions of Himachal Pradesh

Ravinder Singh, Subhash Kumar and Sanjay Kumar

Abstract

The present investigation was conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bilaspur as well as at the farmers’ fields in district Bilaspur during rabi seasons of 2007-08 and 2008-09. Fifty six demonstrations were conducted on four different broccoli varieties having different coloured heads (i.e. Palam Samridhi (green head), Palam Kanchan (yellowish green head), Palam Vichitra (purple head) and Palam Haritika (green head) for their performance and also their preference in the markets (mandis). The broccoli varieties Palam Vichitra yielded the highest (210.7 q/ ha) followed by Palam Kanchan (206.9 q/ha). An average weight of terminal head of Palam Kanchan was the highest i.e. 357.5 g, whereas, Palam Samridhi produced the earliest head under low hill conditions of Himachal Pradesh. As far as preference of head colour is concerned, only green head varieties were preferred in the local market, whereas, green and purple coloured varieties were preferred in larger mandis’ of cities like New Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh etc. There is least preference for yellow coloured broccoli varieties in the market. Green and purple coloured varieties were preferred in larger mandis’ of cities like New Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh etc

Keyword: Broccoli head colours; Performance; Market preference; Technology gap; Technology index;

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