Selection of Turnip Variety for Nutrition Security in Nepal  

Dhruba Raj Bhattarai1 , Navin Gopal Pardhan1 , Basanta Chalise2 , Pandey Y. R.3 , Giri Dhari Subedi1
1. Horticulture Research Division, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Lalitpur, Nepal
2. Agriculture Research Station, Dailekh, Nepal
3. Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC)
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International Journal of Horticulture, 2015, Vol. 5, No. 8   doi: 10.5376/ijh.2015.05.0008
Received: 01 Apr., 2015    Accepted: 10 Jun., 2015    Published: 19 Jun., 2015
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Dhruba Raj Bhattarai, Navin Gopal Pardhan, Basanta Chalise,  Pandey Y.R. and Giri Dhari Subedi, 2015, Selection of Turnip Variety for Nutrition Security in Nepal, International Journal of Horticulture, 5(8) 1-5 (doi: 10.5376/ijh.2015.05.0008)


A series of genotype selection and performance evaluation experiments on turnip were conducted at Horticulture Research Division (HRD), Khumaltar, Agriculture Research Station (ARS) Dailekh, Agriculture Research Station (ARS) Pakhribas and farmers’ fields between 2010 and 2014 with an aim to identify suitable variety for mid-hills of Nepal. The local genotype from Kathmandu Valley was used as the base material for the selection of genotype HRDTUR001. The performance of selected genotype was evaluated for size, colour, taste, yield and other characters using Purple Top a released variety as the standard check. The on station results revealed that genotype HRDTUR001 was found promising because of attractive root colour, excellent root size (224.45g) and better taste for vegetable purpose. Based on the biological and socio-economic feedback received from the on farm trials genotype HRDTUR001 has been recommended to release as a variety for cultivation in the mid hills of Nepal.

Genotype; Mass selection; Consumers’ acceptability; Root yield
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